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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.


CFL received a very positive mention on the floor of the House of Commons on 20th April. For further details including a video link and the link to the record in Hansard click here.

Attributing the Bixby Letter: A case of historical disputed authorship will be discussed by the CFL authorship group on Wednesday 13 April. See events for the abstract.

CFL has featured prominently in a report published by The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). Please visit the news page for further information.

Following feedback from students at the International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis that was recently held at Aston University, we have published a number of posters that members of the Centre have displayed at research events which details important cases that they have been involved in. Click here for more information.  

Staff at CFL have been busy attending conferences over the summer both at the British Association of Applied Linguistics at Aston University and the twelfth biennial international conference of the IAFL held in Guangzhou, China. Please visit the news page for further information.

Congratulations to Professor Tim Grant who has succeeded to the role of President of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL).

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