Welcome to the FORGE (Forensic Linguistics Research Group). Based in the Linguistics and English Language (LAEL) department, the FORGE is open to all Lancaster University academics, students, and visiting scholars who are interested in forensic linguistics research. Find below a series of occasionally asked questions:
- What’s the back-story?
- What talks are coming up?
- Can I attend/give a talk at the FORGE?
- How can I get in touch?
- Will you make talks available online/remotely?
The FORGE was created in 2013 by Dr Claire Hardaker (dept. profile, University profile, Twitter, blog) a forensic corpus pragmatician. In its early days, the group was known by the less glamorous name of FLiRG until someone came up with something better.
You can keep up to date with the FORGE’s upcoming talks and events in three ways:
All Lancaster University academic staff, postgraduate students, and visiting scholars are welcome as both guests and potential presenters, whilst undergraduate students are welcome as guests. We also regularly invite speakers from other academic institutions. (If you’re not sure if you’re allowed to attend, or you’d like to propose a talk by yourself or someone else, send Claire Hardaker an email.)
If you’d like to get in touch, e.g. to propose a talk or share an interesting forensic linguistic tidbit, feel free to email or tweet Claire directly. Otherwise, you can tweet the FORGE, or sign up to the mailing list.
I’ve always been keen to make FORGE content as widely available as possible, however, the talks can sometimes involve sensitive, disturbing, or confidential details so this is not always possible. Where speakers give permission, the necessary equipment is available, and we get good footage, or where speakers have links to their own videos, I am always happy to provide those.