I am a PhD Researcher in Forensic Linguistics, with particular interests in persuasion, manipulation, and politeness theory. My research predominantly assesses these three areas within the context of domestic abuse.
My academic background involves both language and literature, with my Bachelor’s degree and MA, taken at De Montfort University, both incorporating elements of the two disciplines. My PhD research follows on from my MA in English, whereby my project involved the assessment of abusive language, both in fiction and real-life experiences. My research now considers the role of language within the initial stages of abusive relationships, which linguistically analyses subtle abuse.
My research is influenced by the literature of persuasion and politeness theory, and incorporates these two notions in the study of manipulation.