Malcolm Coulthard, ISSFLA Founder & Director of Studies

Emeritus Professor of Forensic Linguistics at Aston University, where he was the founding director of the Centre for Forensic Linguistics, Malcolm Coulthard is best known for his work on the analysis of Spoken and Written Discourse and his An Introduction to Discourse Analysis (1977/1985) is still widely used. He is the founding editor of The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law and was the Founding President of the International Association of Forensic Linguists. He is the author of 20 authored and edited books, as well as 50 articles and chapters in books, and has supervised numerous PhD dissertations on various aspects of language and law. Malcolm has been commissioned to write reports in over 150 cases including The Birmingham Six, The Derek Bentley Appeal (where, in 1998, the verdict of guilty was overturned after 46 years) and The Bridgewater Four Appeal, and has given expert evidence in courts in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Germany and Hong Kong.

Milaydis Sosa Napolskij, 2017 Edition Secretary

Born in Cuba and currently living in Porto, Milaydis is a translator and interpreter of Spanish, English and Portuguese. In 2004 she got her Specialization degree in Terminology and Translation from the Faculdade de Letras of the University of Porto (FLUP). Since 2010 she has been working as a language and administrative services technician at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar of the same university (ICBAS-UP). She is also a Language Sciences PhD student at FLUP; her research is in the linguistic style-markers of scientific discourse from a comparative perspective.


Professor Tim Grant has qualifications in both linguistics and psychology and is particularly interested in the interaction between forensic linguistics and forensic psychology. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Forensic Linguistics and Research Methods at Aston University. His main research interests are in forensic authorship analysis and in the conversations which occur between attackers and victims in cases of serious sexual assault and rape. He has publications in both of these areas in both psychology and linguistics journals. His consultancy has largely involved the analysis of abusive and threatening communications in many different contexts including investigations into sexual assaults, murder and terrorist offences. It has also included cases of copyright infringement and academic plagiarism.

Dr Jack Grieve received a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Northern Arizona University. Formerly a Research Fellow in the Department of Linguistics at University of Leuven, he is now a Lecturer in Forensic Linguistics in the School of Languages and Social Sciences. His academic interests include quantitative corpus linguistics, sociolinguisics and forensic linguistics. In particular, his research focuses on dialectology and authorship attribution, including quantitative methods for data collection and data analysis.

Dr Fleur van der Houwen holds a PhD in linguistics from the University of Southern California. She is currently at the Department of Language Literature and Communication at VU University Amsterdam where she does research in the area of language and law and new media technologies for communication. She is the coordinator of the research master in Forensic linguistics/Language and the law and serves as a linguistic consultant for the police.

Dr Krzysztof Kredens received his MA in English Studies and PhD in English Linguistics from the University of Lodz. He is a lecturer in applied linguistics in the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University, where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in English applied linguistics. His research is based in the School's Centre for Forensic Linguistics, where he is Deputy Director. Dr Kredens works regularly as a forensic linguistic expert witness and is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Forensic Linguists. He also has experience of working as a public service interpreter.

Dr Ria Perkins graduated from Aston University's Master's programme in Applied Linguistics with Forensic Linguistics. Her PhD focused on native language identification in online Persian-English texts from 'weblogistan' and her current research is centred around linguistic issues in online radicalisation. She is working at the Centre for Forensic Linguistics as a research associate.

Professor Lawrence Solan holds both a law degree and a Ph.D. in linguistics. His scholarly works are largely devoted to exploring interdisciplinary issues related to law, language and psychology, especially in the areas of statutory and contractual interpretation, the attribution of liability and blame, and linguistic evidence. He is director of Brooklyn Law School's Center for the Study of Law, Language and Cognition, and his acclaimed book, The Language of Judges, is widely recognized as a seminal work on linguistic theory and legal argumentation. His most recent books are The Language of Statutes: Laws and their Interpretation, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2010, and The Oxford Handbook of Language and Law, co-edited with Peter Tiersma and published in 2012. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters, and regularly lectures in the United States and abroad.

Dr Rui Sousa-Silva is assistant professor of the Faculty of Arts and post-doctoral researcher at the Linguistics Centre (CLUP) of the University of Porto, where he is currently conducting research into Forensic Linguistics and Cybercrime. He has a first degree in Translation and a Masters in Terminology and Translation, both awared by the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, and a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Aston University (Birmingham, UK). He has authored and co-authored several papers on (computational) authorship analysis, and is co-editor with Malcolm Coulthard of the recently founded international bilingual journal Language and Law / Linguagem e Direito.