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Nini in Konstanz

November 18, 2022 by

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LEL’s Andrea Nini is in Konstanz this week, presenting a seminar talk on “From Jack the Ripper to cybercrime: linguistics as a forensic science”. University of Konstanz is a known black hole for LEL staff and students, having attracted George Walkden, Fernanda Barrientos, Henri Kauhanen and Max Canzi away from Manchester. While Andrea is certain […]

Nini’s latest detective assignment

July 30, 2021 by

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LEL’s chief detective, Andrea Nini, is on a new quest. This one concerns Charles Dickens. Dickens used shorthand, but he created his own version. As a result, some of his works are undeciphered until this day. If you want to know more, watch this talk by Andrea. But it gets better! The Dickens Code project, […]

Nini at PhilSoc

June 10, 2021 by

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LEL’s Andrea Nini will speak at the next meeting of the venerable Philological Society on Saturday 12th June at 4.15pm. Andrea’s lecture will be on a “A formal theory of idiolect and its forensic applications”. The lecture is public, but registration is required (registration link here). The abstract is below. One of the applications of […]

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 […]