Grieve, J., Chiang, E., Clarke, I., Gideon, H., Heini, A., Nini, A., Waibel, E. (2019). Attributing the Bixby letter using n-gram tracing. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 34(3), 493-512.
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Grieve, J., Montgomery, C., Nini, A., Murakami, A., Guo, D. (2019). Mapping lexical dialect variation in British English using Twitter. Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence, 2, 11.

Nini, A. (2019). Developing forensic authorship profiling. Language and Law/Linguagem e Direito, 5(2), 38-58.

Nini, A. (2019). The Multi-Dimensional Analysis Tagger. In Berber Sardinha, T. & Veirano Pinto M. (eds), Multi-Dimensional Analysis: Research Methods and Current Issues, 67-94, London; New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
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Grieve, J., Nini, A., Guo, D. (2018). Mapping lexical innovation on American social media. Journal of English Linguistics, 46(4), 293-319.
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Nini, A. (2018). An authorship analysis of the Jack the Ripper letters. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 33(3),  621-636.
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Nini, A. ‘Who wrote the Jack the Ripper letters? A forensic linguistic analysis’. Work in progress seminars. Invited talk at the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. 02/10/2019.
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Fonteyn, L. & Nini, A. ‘Individuality in syntactic variation: an investigation of the 17th-century gerund alternation’. Symposium on Representations, Usage and Social Embedding in Language ChangeUniversity of Manchester, Manchester, UK. 21/08/2019.
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Nini, A. & Grieve, J. ‘Frequency-free authorship attribution: Testing the n-gram tracing method’. CL2019. Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. 24/07/2019.
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Nini, A. ‘The Jack the Ripper case and the evidence for idiolectal lexical bundles’. ICAME 40. Université de Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. 03/06/2019.
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Nini, A. ‘Who wrote the Jack the Ripper letters? A stylometric analysis’. Digital Humanities Congress 2018. The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK. 06/09/2018.
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Fonteyn, L. & Nini, A. ‘Investigating the ing-form network in the idiolects of 17th century authors’. ICCG10: Tenth International Conference on Construction Grammar, Sorbonne Paris Cité University, Paris, France. 17/07/2018. [>]

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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 and other publications


The journalist who created Jack the Ripper
Oxford University Press Blog, 9 October [>]
One of the most fascinating aspects of the Whitechapel murders is indeed how long they survived in the collective imagination and how distant their recollection is from anything we know to be true.


The language of crime
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures Stories, 22 March [>]
“That’s another contribution of the Jack the Ripper study; testing and applying methods used to analyse short texts on this case. It’s an addition to that body of research.”

Forensic Linguist Ties Two Jack the Ripper Letters to One Author
Forensic Magazine, 7 February [>]
“Although it’s been more than a century since the murders and letters, the great thing about linguistics is it can’t be degraded—not in the way DNA or fingerprints can. Any ‘new’ evidence found in the case is corrupted because it’s been too long, but not linguistics.”

Jack the Ripper letters ‘faked to sell newspapers’
The Times, 1 February [>]

Jack the Ripper letters suggest newspaper hoax
BBC News, 1 February [>]

Jack the Ripper letter mystery solved by Manchester researcher
University of Manchester Press release, 29 January [>]
“I came across the Jack the Ripper letters a few years ago and I was surprised to know that there had not been any forensic linguistics analysis of them, so I thought that I could apply modern forensic linguistic techniques to uncover evidence about their author.”

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