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.”


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.”

Lost for words – Twitter posts highlight differences in American vocabulary
University of Manchester Press release, 25 January [>]
“The app has become an entertaining and innovative way to engage the public with language diversity and to encourage people to reflect on linguistic and cultural differences.”

La mappa degli accidenti: Ecco l’America
La Lettura, Corriere della Sera, 22 January


La linguistica forense: l’analisi del linguaggio per risolvere crimini
Memori Mese. February [>]
“Una nuova area sviluppatasi negli ultimi dieci anni è la linguistica forense, ovvero l’applicazione della conoscenza teorica della linguistica per scopi di natura forense, come ad esempio l’aiuto nella fase investigativa o probatoria in un caso giudiziario in cui vi siano prove di tipo linguistico. Un esempio di tali applicazioni è il caso di rapimento relativo alla lettera ad inizio pagina.”