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Dr Janet Cotterill - BSc (Hons) (Aston), MA (Liverpool), PhD (Birmingham)


Dr Janet Cotterill Position: Reader (Research) Email:
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 76393
Extension: 76393
Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU.






Janet Cotterill is a Reader in Language and Communication at Cardiff University, where her teaching responsibilities and research interests cover the areas of forensic linguistics, systemic functional linguistics, discourse analysis and language and gender. She has been President, Vice-President and Secretary of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) and is a member of the IAFL Executive Commitee. Janet has co-edited The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law (formerly Forensic Linguistics) and is a Founding Member of The International Association of Language and Law as well as Co-Editor of its acompanying e-journal. She is also a member of the Editorial Boards of several journals, including The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law and The International Journal of the Semiotics of Law. Janet is also UK Commissioning Editor for the OUP monograph series in Language and Law.

With a background in translation/interpreting and TEFL/Applied Linguistics, Janet has worked and lived in the UK, France, Egypt and Japan. She has published 8 books to date and more than 40 articles/book chapters, and is currently working on two new monographs: one on The Language of the Courtroom and one on the Discourse of Multiple Sclerosis. Her current research interests include: the discourse of professional contexts (the classroom, medical discourse, language and law); the discourses of domestic violence; food labelling and advertising; document design and revision (food and medicine labels and information).

She is an experienced consultant and expert witness in forensic linguistics and runs a forensic linguistics consultancy. Her main areas of expertise span: authorship analysis (including text messaging, email and textual cases); terrorism risk assessment and murder, suicide, threat and blackmail documentation.