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Michael Jessen
Alison Johnson [+-]
University of Leeds
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Dr Alison Johnson's research is in corpus-based forensic linguistics, language in legal settings. Her work draws on and informs pragmatic, discourse, and interactional sociolinguistic theory. She is an active member of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL), the International Pragmatic Association (IPrA), and the International Society for Conversation Analysis, and has presented papers regularly at conferences organised by these associations. Her research interests include the sister areas of authorship studies and plagiarism. Her current work on authorship is focused on markers of authorial style in the Enron email corpus and she supervises a AHRC-funded research student working on this data (which contains around 176 employees and 2.5 million words of email). She is also working on historical forensic linguistic research, using the Old Bailey Proceedings 1674-1913, a corpus of nearly 200,000 criminal trials. Recent conference papers and forthcoming articles focus on a sub-corpus of 250 Old Bailey rape trials in the 18th century and the role of medical experts and defence barristers in 19th century trials involving an insanity defence. Formerly a police officer for six years, Dr Johnson's doctoral research explored the use of questions in police interviews with both adults and children and she continues this research in published articles on narrative evaluation in the police interview, the use of quotation in interviewing and trial discourse, and impoliteness in trial discourse. She is co-author of An Introduction to Forensic Linguistics: Language in Evidence (2007) and co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Forensic Linguistics (2010) (with Malcolm Coulthard).
Philipp Angermeyer [+-]
York University
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Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Peter French
J.P. French Associates and University of York

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Richard Powell [+-]
Nihon University
Richard Powell is Professor of English at Nihon University in Tokyo with responsibility for the College of Economics' international programme. His teaching focuses on language and human rights, sociolinguistics and legal language and he researches in these areas as well as in language planning and cross-cultural pragmatics. He is a board member of the Japan Association of Language and Law.

Ph.D Abstracts Editor

Jessica Wormald [+-]
J.P. French Associates
Jessica Wormald is a forensic consultant at J.P. French Associates specialising in speech and audio analysis. She is a Courtesy Associate Lecturer on the forensic speech science program at the University of York and has carried out research in sociolinguistics and forensic speech science.

About the Journal

The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles on any aspect of forensic language, speech and audio analysis. Founded in 1994 as Forensic Linguistics, the journal changed to its present title in 2003 to reflect a broadening of academic coverage and readership. Subscription to the journal is included in membership of the International Association of Forensic Linguists and the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics.

The journal also carries reports on legal cases, Ph.D abstracts, conference reports and book reviews.

Recent articles include:
  • experimental investigations of phonetic parameters to assess their value in forensic speaker identification
  • experimental investigations of different recording media
  • experimental investigations of lay listeners’ perceptions of speech and non-speech sounds
  • analyses of court transcripts
  • analyses of talk in legal settings
  • demonstrations of software programs for analysis of plagiarism
  • demonstrations of analytic tools for tape authentication
  • discussions of the application of Bayesian statistics to language analysis
  • discussions of problems in transcription of spoken language
  • discussions of the use of language analysis in determining asylum claims