aston university forensic linguistics

Aston University

Aston University Forensic Linguistics

Welcome to the Centre for Forensic Linguistics

The Centre for Forensic Linguistics at Aston University is the first of its kind in the world. We combine leading-edge research and investigative practice with teaching and training in forensic linguistics. Research at the Centre involves all aspects of forensic linguistics from how the police and the courts can best work with interpreters to the development and refinement of methods for identifying the author of disputed forensic texts. We have published widely and have lectured about our research in some 30 countries. Through high-quality research, we ensure that our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses, as well as our investigative work, have a solid academic foundation.


The draft programme for the second annual Centre for Forensic Linguistics Symposium is now available on the events page.

We are sorry to announce that Larry Solan is currently unable to travel and so we have to cancel his talk on 16th March. We are hoping to rearrange this – further details will appear here once confirmed.

Professor Tim Grant will be delivering his Inaugural Lecture, Anonymous is dead. Exaggeration, capability and instrusion in forensic linguistic investigation on Thursday 17th November 2016 at 18:30 in the Mike Wright Lecture Theatre. Click here to watch a recording of the video.

CFL’s Nicci MacLeod and CFL graduate Rui Sousa Silva took part in the CEPOL (European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training) conference in Budapest from 5th-7th October.

Staff and students at CFL have been busy attending a number of conferences over the summer including the the International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis and the 2nd Asian Regional Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists. Please visit the events  page for further information.

Contact CFL
Our postal address is:

Aston University,
School of Languages and Social Sciences,
Aston Triangle,
Birmingham B4 7ET,
United Kingdom

Our telephone number is (+44) 121 204 3000