Patricia Canning

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Research interests

  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Stylistics (incl. discourse analysis)
  • Pragmatics
  • Reader-response
  • Social justice

 

 

Biography

I am an applied linguist specialising in forensic texts and contexts. My work includes the investigation and analysis of police reporting, particularly the attribution and deflection of blame through individual and institutional language choices.

My research projects include forensic stylistic analyses of witness statements following the Hillsborough Football Stadium Disaster (1989) and police and prosecutors' reports of domestic abuse crimes. I also study the production and reception of literary texts and have established a series of reading and discussion projects in prisons, hospitals, mental health units, schools, and universities.

I am a registered expert with the European Anti-Fraud Commission and offer consultancy to national domestic abuse charities. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Linguistics, PhD

1 Sept 20061 Sept 2009

Award Date: 15 Dec 2009

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