Understanding language, dialect, and their role in building our sense of self.
Language and dialect play a vital role in building our sense of self, belonging and ultimately our identity.
Research at NTU is deepening our knowledge of speech, re-evaluating how it is understood and reimagining how it can be used.
This spans many projects, such as examining how accents can more accurately be used to recognise and identify individuals. This work can improve the quality and accuracy of earwitness line-ups, reducing the risk of miscarriages of justice.
Other research projects examine the part local language plays in building communities and how this can reconnect us with our past, such as documenting dialects unique to workers in the East Midlands’ coal mines.
Academics are bringing knowledge of language to the NTU Museums of the Future Project; a research initiative helping to build narratives and engage audiences with culture and heritage through digital media.
When the focus is so often on what is said, our researchers are listening to how it is said, and in doing so helping to preserve communities and justice.
This research was submitted to the Communication, Cultural & Media Studies, Library & Information Management Unit of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, where 100% of the research impact was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of quality.
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Professor Braber teaches in the School of Arts and Humanities within the subject area of Linguistics. She is Programme Leader for the Linguistics MA (by research) and supervises PhD students on a variety of topics.
David Wright is a forensic linguist and Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. His research applies methods of corpus linguistics and discourse analysis in forensic contexts, and aims to help improve the delivery of justice using language analysis. His research spans across a range of intersections between language and the law and justice, language in crime and evidence, and discourses of abuse, harassment and discrimination.
Laura Coffey-Glover (Dr)
Dr Laura Coffey-Glover
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Centre for the Study of Inequality, Culture and Difference
The Centre for the Study of Inequality, Culture and Difference provides a focus for research that theorises and analyses how the representation, practice and experience of difference produce inequality.
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Cracking the cancer code.