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David Wright

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
English, Culture and Media


David Wright is a lecturer in Linguistics at NTU. He is a research active member of the English, Media and Creative Cultures group, publishing in international journals and regularly presenting at international conferences. He is a forensic linguist and his research explores the application of language analysis to help improve the delivery of justice. His current research projects span across a range of intersections between language and the law, evidence, crime and justice. His research applies methods of corpus linguistics and discourse analysis in forensic contexts.

He teaches on a range of undergraduate Linguistics modules and supervises postgraduate research students. His teaching responsibilities are:

Module Leader of the following modules:

  • LING102: Language in Context
  • LING215: Discourse Analysis
  • LING310: Forensic Linguistics

In addition, he contributes to teaching on the modules:

  • LING101: Introduction to Language and Linguistics
  • LING207: Applying Methods in Linguistics
  • LING391: Undergraduate Linguistics Dissertation.

He also supervises dissertations in MA Linguistics (by research) and MA in Media and Globalisation. He is happy to receive MA/PhD applications and proposals in any area of forensic linguistics, corpus linguistics, or discourse analysis.

David’s teaching has been recognised by a number of awards. In 2016-7 David won The Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award and The Vice-Chancellor’s Outstanding Teacher Award for an Early Career Teacher. In 2015-16 he was shortlisted for the NTSU Outstanding Teaching Award, voted for by students.

Career overview

Dr Wright joined Nottingham Trent University as a lecturer in linguistics in September 2014, having completed his BA, MA and PhD at the University of Leeds.

Research areas

Dr Wright’s current research projects span across a range of areas in forensic linguistics, corpus linguistics and discourse analysis, including:

  • Forensic Authorship Analysis
  • Empirical explorations of idiolect
  • Street Harassment of Children
  • Incitement of Violence Against Women Online
  • The language of advocacy
  • The ‘voice’ in law and evidence

External activity

External examining

  • 2016–present: External examiner for the BA English Language and Communication programme at Oxford Brookes University.

Journal editorships

  • 2016–present: Book reviews editor for Language and Law (Linguagem e Direito)
  • 2014–2016: Section Editor for Corpus Linguistics for Open Linguistics (De Gruyter)
  • 2013–2014: Editor of Leeds Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics


I have reviewed articles for, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (OUP), The International Journal of Corpus Linguistics (Benjamins), Corpora (Edinburgh University Press), The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law (Equniox), English Today (CUP), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (Wiley).

Professional memberships

  • 2016: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • 2013–present: Member of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL)
  • 2015–present: Member of British Association for Applied Linguists (BAAL)

Sponsors and collaborators

  • 2017-18: £9,721 from BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants for project entitled ‘The incitement of violent offences against women in online discussion forums’ (Principal Investigator).
  • 2017: £877 from ESRC to hold ‘Street Harassment of School Students: awareness and risk’ event as part of ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017(Co-applicant).
  • 2016: £1,500 from BAAL and Routledge Research Development Workshop fund to hold ‘Language and identity in Law and Evidence’ event at NTU.
  • 2016: £19,851 from NTU Health and Wellbeing Proof of Concept Fund for project entitled ‘TASC11to16' (Taking A Stand for Change for secondary school children aged eleven to sixteen years), an interdisciplinary project across linguistics, psychology, law, education and social work (Co-investigator).
  • 2011–2014: £51,966 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Studentship.
  • 2010–2011: £12,956 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Preparation Master’s Studentship.

Press expertise

David is able to offer comment on forensic linguistics; language of the law and legal process; language and crime, language and justice.