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Nini on Victoria Derbyshire programme

January 6, 2020 by

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LEL’s Andrea Nini appeared on Victoria Derbyshire programme today to comment on the Ayia Napa case. The case concerns a British teenager convicted in Cyprus for public mischief after she retracted previous allegations of rape against 12 Israeli men. The defence argued that the retraction note had been written under duress and, in fact, dictated […]

Nini testifies in court

November 18, 2019 by

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LEL’s Andrea Nini travelled to Cyprus last week to appear in court as an expert witness. The case is against a British woman, who reported a rape earlier this year. While an arrest was made at the time, the suspects were released without charges, after the woman retracted her original statement. Now on trial for […]

LEL colleagues cast a spell on readers of linguistics

October 24, 2019 by

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Among the subjects that the public never tires of are crime and social class. It is more or less the same for linguistic audiences, as evidenced by the following readership data analytics, carefully curated for you by the Manchet data team. Andrea’s Jack the Ripper paper is featured by OUP as one of the most […]

Postcard from Andrea

July 29, 2019 by

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Andrea sends his saluti from Cardiff, where he attended the International Corpus Linguistics conference. He presented a talk on: “Frequency-free authorship attribution: Testing the n-gram tracing method” (talk co-authored with Jack Grieve from Uni of Birmingham). This postcard comes with a PowerPoint attachment, featuring slides so beautiful they’ll make you cry like a baby. On closer inspection, […]

Nini and Jack the Ripper beat readership records

June 26, 2019 by

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If you still haven’t read An Authorship Analysis of the Jack the Ripper Letters by Andrea Nini, you are that one person in the office who’s never heard of Game of Thrones. We have numbers behind that assertion. An instant classic, Andrea’s paper is the most read article in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. Unlike […]

I came, I saw…

June 5, 2019 by

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LELers past and present, Lauren Fonteyn and Andrea Nini, are in Neuchâtel this week, enjoying academic conferencing, boat trips, chocolate, and idyllic scenery. They are attending ICAME (don’t ask) 40, whose theme is ‘Language in Time, Time in Language’. Manchet’s understanding is that both Lauren and Andrea are #TeamLanguageInTime, but there is also a detectable […]

The Forensic Authorship Analysis Roundtable goes viral

May 20, 2019 by

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If you can’t watch spectacular events live, the next best thing is to gather your friends, and watch them together on telly, which is how Eurovision parties came to exist (incidentally, Iceland was *robbed* this year). Manchet has just found out that the Forensic Authorship Analysis Roundtable was live-streamed at the Forensic Linguistics Laboratory of […]

Forensic Authorship Analysis Roundtable

May 14, 2019 by

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If you’re in Manchester, on top of your agenda tomorrow (15th May) should be the 1st Roundtable on Practices and Standards in Forensic Authorship Analysis. Here’s what we know about it. “The event, supported by the International Association of Forensic Linguists (https://www.iafl.org/) and hosted by the Centre for Digital Humanities at the University of Manchester (https://www.digital-humanities.manchester.ac.uk/), […]

Martin Barry at LEL seminar

March 4, 2019 by

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Tomorrow’s seminar (5th March) is by Martin Barry, who will speak on: ‘The logic of the likelihood ratio: what can the forensic phonetician say to a jury?’ It will be at 4.15 pm in room A113 in Samuel Alexander. As usual there will be drinks afterwards and everyone is welcome to join us for dinner. Photo credit: […]

Multilingual Manchester launches forensic linguistic consultancy

January 2, 2019 by

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The Multilingual Manchester research unit is launching a forensic linguistic consultancy service – MLM Analysis. The service will initially specialise in language and analysis and counter analyses in connection with determination of origin in asylum applications, with a focus on Arabic and Kurdish, and is then planning to expand to other sectors, including other forms […]