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Abstract


This lecture was first delivered as the Joseph Lister Lecture, awarded and supported by the British Association for the Advancement of Science
Linguistic evidence demonstrating who sent a particular text message has been significant in a growing number of cases, including high profile no-body-found murder enquiries.  In this presentation I will focus on and exemplify the methods of the emerging science of forensic linguistics and discuss how real cases can be addressed using a specialised language database of text messages.  I will demonstrate how the move from expertise based opinion to the application of more repeatable methods has resulted in the growing acceptance of this form of evidence. I will explore how far it is possible to identify the age and gender of the writer of a text message and discuss why this form of profiling is unlikely to be admissible in court.



**This lecture will be held in the Reardon   Smith Lecture Theatre of the Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales at 7.30pm. As the Society’s contribution to Science Week it will be open to non-members as well as members. Admission is free but booking is essential: 029 2057 3148


17th March 2010 Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Cardiff University

Txt Crimes, Sex Crimes and Murder – the Emerging Science of Forensic Linguistics**



Dr Tim Grant
Deputy Director, Centre for Forensic Linguistics, Aston University