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Welcome to the Centre for Forensic Linguistics

The Centre for Forensic Linguistics at Aston University is the first of its kind in the world. We combine 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. We have published widely and have lectured about our research in some 30 countries. Through high-quality research, we ensure that our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses, as well as our investigative work, have a solid academic foundation.


A group of students on the MA Forensic Linguistics programme have been working on a project that has gained interest from Greater Manchester Police. See news for more information.

Dr. Fleur van der Houwen from the department of Language and Communication, VU University Amsterdam will be visiting the Centre as a distinguished academic visitor on the week commencing Monday 16 March. See events for more information.

CFL's Malcolm Coulthard and Ria Perkins both have publications in a new journal devoted to Language and Law. It's available online at http://tinyurl.com/linguagem-direito.

We are running the fourteenth edition of the International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic analysis. For details follow this link.

Krzysztof Kredens presented a paper at the annual iIIRG conference on 4 June 2014.

Jack Grieve was awarded a GBP105,000 grant from JISC to study regional variation in vocabulary in British and American English based on a multi-billion word corpus of tweets. See this Daily Telegraph article for some details.

Jack Grieve published an article in American Speech on the generation of lexical dialect maps through web searches.

As part of an undergraduate course in forensic linguistics, a team of Aston students led by Jack Grieve identified Nick Szabo as the likely author of the anonymous paper introducing the digital currency Bitcoin.

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