I am a lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester. My areas of teaching and research are forensic linguistics, corpus linguistics, register variation and sociolinguistics.

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Nini, A., Bailey, G., Guo, D., Grieve, J. (2020). The graphical representation of phonetic dialect features of the North of England on social media. In Honeybone, P. & Maguire, W. (eds), Dialect Writing and the North of England, 266-296, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Fonteyn, L. & Nini, A. (2020). Individuality in syntactic variation: An investigation of the 17th-century gerund alternation. Cognitive Linguistics, 31(2), 279-308.


Nini, A. (2019). Corpus analysis in forensic linguistics. In Chapelle, C. A. (ed), The Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, 313-320, Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell.

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.

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Nini, A. ‘Being Jack the Ripper: A corpus study on linguistic individuality’. Invited talk at the Graduate Program in Applied Linguistics (LAEL) webinars series, Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil. 27/08/2020.

Nini, A., Cameron, M. & Murphy, C. ‘Is each person’s lexicogrammatical system unique? An experimental study on linguistic individuality’. UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference 2020 online. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK. 29/07/2020.
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Nini, A. ‘Authorship clustering for the dark web: Methodological and theoretical remarks’. Invited talk at the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics, Aston University, Birmingham, UK. 06/03/2020.


Nini, A. ‘Introduction to Forensic Linguistics’. Guest lecture at the University of Bamberg, Bamberg, Germany. 10/12/2019.

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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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


Ayia Napa rape case: The fight for justice
Crime Monthly, May
“Renowned forensic linguist Dr Andrea Nini gave evidence about the retraction Emily says she was forced to write. He tells Crime Monthly ‘Forensic linguistics was born from miscarriages of justice, when statements were taken by police from defendants under duress.”


Rally in support of woman in Cyprus ‘rape’ case
Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Two, 6 January [>]
“Forensic linguist Dr Andrea Nini analysed the police statement of a British woman convicted over a false rape claim, where she withdrew the original allegation.”

UK tour firm used by teenager in gang rape case ends trips to Ayia Napa
The Guardian, 3 January [>]
“Dr Andrea Nini, a forensic linguistics analyst who is listed as an expert by the UK’s National Crime Agency, said it was highly likely the statement was dictated to her by someone who does not speak English as a first language because of its use of irregular phrases, such as ‘I discovered them recording me doing sexual intercourse’ “.

Cyprus rape case: Experts cast doubt on teenager’s confession
The Times, 3 January [>]
“Andrea Nini, a forensic linguistics specialist at Manchester University, told the Daily Mail that it was ‘highly unlikely’ that the defendant had composed the statement in her own words.”

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