The Aston Forensic Linguistic Databank (FoLD)


The Aston Forensic Linguistic Databank (FoLD) is a permanent, controlled access online repository for forensic linguistic data. We broadly understand forensic linguistics as any academic research with a potential to improve the delivery of justice through the analysis of language. FoLD thus comprises a wide range of datasets with relevance to forensic linguistics and language and law, including commercial extortion letters, investigative interviews in police and other contexts, legal documents, forum posts from far-right online groups, and comment threads from political blogs. This paper outlines how FoLD works and its potential impact on the general discipline of forensic linguistics.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > English Languages and Applied Linguistics
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Additional Information: Copyright (c) 2022 Marton Petyko, et al. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License []. Note 1: The FoLD online interface and server is managed by Aston University’s student-led software enterprise Beautiful Canoe ( Note 2: The Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL) was founded in 2019. It is a substantial expansion of the former Aston Centre for Forensic Linguistics that was founded in 2008. This expansion was funded via a £6M investment including a £5.4M award from Research England’s Expanding Excellence in England(E3) fund.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Databank,Repository,Resource,Data sharing,Data access
Publication ISSN: 2183-3745
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2022-11-23
Published Online Date: 2022-11-22
Accepted Date: 2022-04-03
Authors: Petyko, Marton (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1897-9435)
Busso, Lucia (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-5665-771X)
Grant, Tim (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-5155-8413)
Atkins, Sarah (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-3481-5681)



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