LINGUIST List 29.1861

Wed May 02 2018

Summer Schools: Forensic Linguistics Short Course/Germany

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 25-Apr-2018
From: Dominic Schmitz <>
Subject: Forensic Linguistics Short Course/Germany
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Host Institution:

Dates: 22-Jul-2018 - 26-Jul-2018
Location: Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Focus: This summer school will focus intensively on three of the aspects of forensic linguistics: authorship profiling and attribution; discourse analysis; and language and meaning.
Minimum Education Level: Undergraduate

The summer school "Forensic Linguistics Short Course" addresses subjects within the broadly defined discipline of forensic linguistics. We work with authentic data and use real cases to illustrate theory. We wish for a high degree of participant involvement and encourage critical inquiry and debate.

The international program offers theoretical and applied introductions on topics in forensic linguistics as well as lectures, poster presentations, and an excursion.

Invited scholars are members of the Centre for Forensic Linguistics at Aston University - the first of its kind in the world. It combines leading-edge research and investigative practice with teaching and training in forensic linguistics. Research at the Centre involves all aspects of forensic linguistics from how the police and the courts can best work with interpreters to the development and refinement of methods for identifying the author of disputed forensic texts. Members have published widely and have lectured about their research in some 30 countries.

Each session of this summer school will be led by one of the following scholars:

Dr Ria Perkins graduated from Aston University's Master's programme in Applied Linguistics with Forensic Linguistics. Her PhD focused on native language identification in online Persian-English texts from 'weblogistan' and her current research is centred around linguistic issues in online radicalisation. She is working at the Centre for Forensic Linguistics as a research associate.

Dr Isabel Picornell is a fraud examiner working from the Channel Islands. Her research examined linguistic cues to deception in written witness statements and devised a method for identifying deceptive linguistic strategies. She recently provided an expert report on such deception in a UK asylum appeal.

Dr Nicci MacLeod holds an MA (Distinction) in Forensic Linguistics from Cardiff University - where she was also awarded the Dell Hymes Commendation for Sociolinguistics - and a PhD from Aston University. She was employed as Research Fellow on the project 'Language and Linguistic Evidence in the 1641 Depositions' at the University of Aberdeen, before returning to Aston in 2010 as a Research Associate in the Centre for Forensic Linguistics. She has worked on projects in the areas of authorship analysis of short form texts, modelling online identities, and the BAAL funded Applying Linguistics to Police Interviewing. She is currently employed on the ESRC-funded project Assuming identities Online. Her research interests lie in the linguistic performance of identity and the manifestation of power through linguistic structures, particularly in legal and investigative contexts.

Linguistic Field(s): Forensic Linguistics

Subject Languages: English

Tuition: 430 EUR
Registration: 25-Apr-2018 to 31-May-2018
Contact Person: Dominic Schmitz

Apply on the web:

Registration Instructions:
Notifications of acceptance will be send 04 to 06 June 2018.

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