Publications

2017

Nini, A. (2017). Register variation in malicious forensic texts. International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law, 24(1), 67-98. [>]
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Nini, A., Corradini, C., Guo, D. & Grieve, J. (2017). The application of growth curve modeling for the analysis of diachronic corpora. Language Dynamics and Change, 7(1), 102-125. [>]

Grieve, J., Nini, A., & Guo, D. (2017). Analyzing lexical emergence in Modern American English online. English Language and Linguistics, 21(1), 99-127. [>]

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Talks

2017

Grieve, J., Carmody, E., Clarke, I., Gideon, H., Heini, A., Nini, A., Waibel, E. ‘Attributing the Bixby letter using n-gram tracing’. 9th International Corpus Linguistics Conference, University of Birmingham, UK. 26/07/2017. [>]

Nini, A. 2017. ‘Profiling the anonymous authors of malicious forensic texts’. 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal. 12/07/2017. [>]

Grieve, J., Montgomery, C., Nini, A., Guo, D. 2017. ‘Assessing the use of social media for mapping lexical variation in British English’. International Conference on Language Variation in Europe – ICLAVE 9University of Malaga, Malaga, Spain. 06/06/2017. [>]

Nini, A. 2017. ‘Social media and the new frontiers of forensic authorship profiling’. Invited plenary talk at MFIL – Manchester Forum in Linguistics 2017University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. 28/04/2017. [>]

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Forensic authorship analysis

I offer forensic linguistic consultancy for cases of authorship analysis and I also work on historical cases of disputed authorship.

Authorship analysis is the application of linguistic methods to shed light on the authorship of a questioned text. For instance, it can be used to indicate the most likely author of a text from a sample of suspects or the most likely demographic details of an anonymous author. These techniques are commonly adopted in forensic linguistics to solve cases of disputed authorship, including cases of threatening, abusive, or generally malicious texts.

Most of my research and teaching is dedicated to authorship analysis for forensic linguistics. I regularly apply my research to real-life case work for private clients and law enforcement units and I also work on the application of authorship analysis to historical problems of authorship.

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Press

2017

Solving crime one word at a time. How forensic linguistics aids investigational and evidentiary cases
Forensic Magazine, September [>]
“This method is new, it’s something we tried and saw it worked very well for solving this particular problem.”

Non fu Lincoln a scrivere la celebre lettera a Lydia Bixby
Futuro Quotidiano, 29 August [>]

Abe Lincoln mystery ‘almost certainly’ solved using technique similar to one that unmasked JK Rowling
University of Manchester Press release, 20 July [>]
“Because of its shortness the Bixby letter presented many challenges, and we had to devise a completely new method to analyse it.”

From ‘God’ to ‘Bigly’: US Word Use on Twitter Mapped by UK Linguists
Sputnik, 08 February [>]
“The level of detail we have right now and the possibilities are unprecedented. Possessing all the data on the World Mapper on a country level, where we can go into minute detail, is everything a linguist dreams of”

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