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English Language/Linguistics: Forensic Linguistics – Texting & Authorship With Dr Lee Oakley From University of Portsmouth

12th October 2023 @ 15:45 - 16:30

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In this English Language/Linguistics session, Dr Lee Oakley, Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at University of Portsmouth, presents Forensic Linguistics – Texting & Authorship.

Authorship enquiry is a type of Forensic Linguistics that looks at the range of linguistic variation (i.e. the different vocabulary and grammatical patterns) in the writing style between 2 or more people – in other words, the variation between a writer and other members of the same speech community.

In this session, we’ll look at the application of this to text messaging and demonstrate how a stylistic analysis of texts can be used to solve crimes.

During the session, there will be interactive activities and Lee has asked that students could have a copy of this double sided handout to work on please: STUDENT COPY – UoP Forensic Linguistics. If you are joining as a group, this could be one copy between two or, if you prefer, each student could have their own copy.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Lee Oakley


For forthcoming sessions in this great Autumn series with the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at University of Portsmouth, please see below and click for details:


Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at University of Portsmouth – Autumn Series



Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, English Language, Linguistics and related disciplines. Student groups as well as students and teachers joining individually are very welcome.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have. Students can also think about questions about studying at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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12th October 2023
15:45 - 16:30
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