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4th Forensic Linguistics Short Course

24/08/2022 - 26/08/2022


As in previous years, we invite students (Bachelor’s and Master’s) as well as graduate students and postdocs from Linguistics (and its sub-disciplines), Phonetics and Phonology, Law/Legal Studies, and related fields to apply for this international interdisciplinary program. All sessions will be conducted in English.

The FLsc is taught by Dr Isabel Picornell and Dr Krzysztof Kredens and will take place on 24 – 26 August 2022. This year’s programme focuses on:

  • Disputed meanings (indeterminacy in language; threads, malicious communications and defamation)
  • Authorship analysis (profiling; theoretical foundations; casework examples and methods; faked contexts; native language identification; suicide notes)
  • Guided case study (analysis and presentation of findings)


Our lecturers are well-known members of the Forensic Linguistics community:

  • Dr Isabel Picornell is a Consultant Forensic Linguist and Director of QEDforensics, providing forensic linguistic services to the corporate, investigative, and intelligence industry. She is the President of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguists, a member of the Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics, and a certified fraud examiner (ACFE).
  • Dr Krzysztof Kredens is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Linguistics at Aston University. He is Director of the Centre for Forensic Text Analysis at the University’s Institute for Forensic Linguistics and Programme Director on the MA Forensic Linguistics. He has ample casework experience, both as an expert witness and in policing contexts. He has worked on over 100 cases involving questions of authorship, disputed meanings and language proficiency assessment, and provided investigative support and expert reports for law enforcement agencies and courts in Australia, England, Norway and Poland. He has been cross-examined in the Central Criminal Court in London (‘The Old Bailey’) and is registered on the UK National Crime Agency’s Expert Advisors Database as a specialist in forensic linguistics.

Find more information here.




FLsc Coordination Team