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I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) 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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Publications

2021

Dunn, J. & Nini, A. (2021). Production vs perception: The role of individuality in usage-based grammar induction. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics, 149-159, Online: Association for Computational Linguistics.
[Open access]

2020

Nini, A., Bailey, G., Guo, D., Grieve, J. (2020). The graphical representation of phonological 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.
[Accepted version]

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

2019

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

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.
[Published version] [Accepted version]

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.
[Open access]

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

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Talks

2021

Nini, A. & Ishihara, S. ‘The likelihood of lexicogrammatical overlap’. IAFL15: The 15th Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists. Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics, Aston University, Birmingham, UK (online). 14/09/2021.

Nini, A., Cameron, M. & Murphy, C. ‘Experimental evidence on the individuality of lexicogrammar’. International Construction Grammar Conference 11. University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium. 20/08/2021 DOI

Nini, A. ‘A forensic linguistic analysis of the Jack the Ripper letters’. Invited talk at the Whitechapel Society. 07/08/2021.

Nini, A. ‘Forensic linguistics and shorthand decoding’. Invited talk at Decoding Dickens: Contexts, Inspirations, Approaches. Online. 23/07/2021.
[Watch] [Slides]

The 2nd Roundtable on Practices and Standards in Forensic Authorship Analysis. Online, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. 07/07/2021.
[Watch]

Nini, A. ‘A formal theory of idiolect and its forensic applications’. Invited lecture at the Philological Society AGM. University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (online). 12/06/2021.
[Abstract] [Watch]

Nini, A. ‘The Ayia Napa rape statements’. Invited talk at the International Approaches to Forensic Linguistic Casework online symposium. Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics, Aston University, Birmingham, UK (online). 04/02/2021.
[Watch]

Nini, A. ‘Investigating Jack the Ripper’s idiolect’. Invited talk at the Preston Linguistics Circle, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK (online). 21/01/2021.

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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

2021

Cyprus rape case: Police forced British teen to ‘retract’ attack claim, says lawyer
Independent, 17 September [>]
“when we had that statement examined by Dr Andrea Nini, who is an expert forensic linguist based at Manchester University, he said it was highly unlikely the words used in that reaction statement were the words of the teenager.

Cyprus rape claim case: Lawyer of UK woman appealing conviction hopes for change in handling of cases
inews, 16 September [>]
“The second argument was that the woman’s retraction statement was written in ‘really dodgy English’ and were ‘highly unlikely to be the words of a teenager at the time’, according to an expert witness, forensic linguist Dr Andrea Nini from the University of Manchester.

2020

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’ “.

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