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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'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.

Tim Grant gave a plenary keynote talk to the RILL conference in Caserta on 15 May 2014.

Dr Tatiana Tkacukova appeared at the Thinktank on Sunday March 23rd. Go to 'Events' for further information.

A recording of Professor Shlomo Argamon's recent talk "Computational Analysis of Cognitive Style" during his visit to CFL is now available in the 'Resources' section.

© Centre for Forensic Linguistics, Aston University, Birmingham, UK, 2013