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Summary: Corpus-based forensic linguistics; authorship; discourse and conversational analysis of institutional interaction; narrative evaluation; police interviews and trial discourse; plagiarism; pragmatics
Research Student Supervision
Dr Johnson currently supervises the following doctoral and MA by research students:
Al Saeed, Neveen. Power and Resistance in Interrogations of Suspects in the Egyptian Judicial Process.
Sani, Nurshafawati Ahmad. Questioning and Answering Strategies in Malaysian Criminal Proceedings: A Corpus-Based Forensic Discourse Analysis.
The following are former PhD students who have completed their research and graduated are who are now working all over the world:
Alian, Najat. The Representation of the Arab Spring Narrative in English and Arabic News Media.
Laporte, Camille. Expressing Political Leadership in the UK, US, and France.
Nickel, Sandra. The (Re)Construction and Reflection of Religious and Socio-Political Reality through Linguistic Power in 19th Century Yoruba Mission Texts.
Sarfo, Emmanuel. Speech Acts in Ghanaian Parliamentary Discourse.
Satia, Emmanuel. Professional and Lay Interactants Use of Language to Construct and Negotiate Identities in Legal Contexts. (with Professor Kembo, Moi University, Kenya).
Wright, David. Corpus Approaches to Authorship Analysis.
Murdoch, Millicent. A Forensic Linguistic Authorship Study into the Intra-author Variation across a Range of Different Electronic Communication Types (MA by Research).
She is happy to supervise research students (MA by Research and PhD) in the School of English (and in collaboration with other Schools) in areas closely concerned with her primary research interests in Forensic Linguistics: authorship, contemporary and historical courtroom discourse, and police interviewing.
Dr Johnson has provided expert reports to the courts, solicitors, and the police in legal cases and takes on a small amount of consultation work as a language expert (particularly on authorship, plagiarism, and the pragmatic effects of questioning). She has co-written and co-edited the following books:
2010. The Routledge Handbook of Forensic Linguistics (London: Routledge) [co-edited with Malcolm Coulthard].
Forensic Approaches to Language
Trial Discourse The Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674-1913
Power of Language
English Language Dissertation
(forthcoming) '"Are you saying you were stabbed ?" Multimodality, embodied action, and dramatised formulations in police interviews with suspects'. In: M. Mason and F. Rock (eds.) The Discourse of Police Investigation. Chicago: Chicago University Press.
(forthcoming) '"How came you not to cry out?" Pragmatic effects of negative questioning in child rape trials in the Old Bailey Proceedings 1730-1798'. In: D. Kurzon and B. Kryk-Kastovsky (eds.) Legal Pragmatics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
2015. 'Haunting Evidence: Quoting the Prisoner in 19th Century Old Bailey Trial Discourse. The Defences of Cooper (1842) and McNaughten (1843)'. In: J. Arendholz, W. Bublitz, M. Kirner-Ludwig (eds.) The Pragmatics of Quoting Now and Then, Topics in English Linguistics, 89, De Gruyter Mouton, 369-400.
2014. 'Identifying idiolect in forensic authorship attribution: an n-gram textbite approach'. Language and Law / Linguagem e Direito, 1 (1), 37-69.
2014. '"Dr Shipman told you that ..." The organising and synthesising power of quotation in judicial summing-up'. Language and Communication, 36. Special issue on Quoting the Case File, edited by S. D'Hondt and F. van der Houwen, 53-67.
2013. 'Embedding police interviews in the prosecution case in the Shipman trial' in C. Heffer, F. Rock and J. Conley (eds). Legal-Lay Communication: Textual Travels in the Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 147-167.
2008. Changing Stories. Achieving a change of state in suspect and witness knowledge through evaluation in police interviews with suspects and witnesses. Functions of Language 15 (1), Special Issue: Evaluation of Text Types, 84-114.
2013. Rape, madness, and quoted speech in specialized 18th and 19th century Old Bailey trial corpora. Corpus Linguistics Conference, Lancaster, UK, 23-26 July 2013.
2013. Rape, murder, blackmail. All in a days work. Lecture given at the University of Bonn, Germany. June 24 2013.
2012. Function words, word clouds and contexts: Getting computers to read big data. BAAL Cambridge University Press Seminar Series. Discourse and Technology: Tools, Methods and Applications.17-18 May 2012.
2012 . I said ...; s/he said ... The representation of madness in quoted speech in the Monomania Corpus. 3rd International Conference on Quotation and Meaning (ICQM), University of Augsburg, Germany. 19-21 April 2012.
2012. Applying linguistics in professional settings. 1st Inter-university PhD Seminar on Authorship in Forensic Linguistics (University of Leeds and IULA at Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Barcelona, Spain, 29 March 2012.
2011. "Dr. Shipman told you that..." Judicial quotation in summing-up the Harold Shipman trial. IPrA Conference, Manchester. 3-8th July 2011.
2011. Winning words: A Lexical Anatomy of the 2010 British Election Debates (with D. Woolls, D. Wright and J. Saatchi). IPrA Conference, Manchester. 3-8th July 2011.
2011. Applying Linguistics in Legal Settings. 1st Interdisciplinary Conference in Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP), Cardiff, 23-24 June 2011.
2011. Corporate voices? Tools and methods for author analysis in the Enron business email corpus (with D. Woolls and D. Wright). 1st Interdisciplinary Conference in Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP), Cardiff, 23-24 June 2011.
2010. 'Is that what you're saying? Fixing the facts in police interviews with witnesses and suspects. ICCA Conference, Mannheim, Germany, 4-10 July 2010.
2009. The undergraduate classroom in focus: Learning to research forensic linguistics. Panel including student papers by Clifford, Gomez, Oldroyd, Tierney. 9th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, Amsterdam, Holland, 3-9 July 2009.
2008. From interview to courtroom: the evidential narrative as courtroom object. GURT (Georgetown University Roundtable in Linguistics) Focus on Narrative, 14-16th March 2008.
2008. Deixis in legal-lay interaction: Embedding police interviews in the prosecution case in the Shipman trial. 6th Cardiff Roundtable in Language and Communication: Legal-Lay Communication, Gregynog, Wales, 23-25 July 2008.