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John Olsson

John Olsson

In Forensic Linguistics we analyse the language of crime, including identifying authorship, interpreting meaning and assessing threat. I work on documents such as suicide notes, ransom demands, threat texts, phone texts from missing persons, terrorist threats, fraudulent insurance claims, malicious and hate mail, threatening phone calls and hoax phone calls, and police interviews (recorded or written).

I have assisted investigators and lawyers, as well as corporate and private clients across the world in over 400 cases including: homicide, kidnap, acts of terrorism, insurance fraud, assault, victim abuse, narcotics distribution and people trafficking. In addition, as a law graduate (LLB Hons, First Class, Bangor 2012) I am uniquely placed among trial experienced linguists to appreciate the legal merits of linguistic evidence.

Postgraduate degrees in Linguistics

  • MA (Bangor, 1995);
  • M.Phil (Birmingham, UK);
  • PhD (Glamorgan 2009)
  • International Association of Forensic Linguistics
  • Royal Statistical Society
  • British Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Forensic Linguistics Society
Professorships and Lectureships
  • Bangor University, Academic Associate
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University, Adjunct Professor
  • University of Novi Pazar, Visiting Professor
  • Faculty of Law, Zagreb University, Visiting Professor
Academic Programmes
  • Co-ordinator, Forensic Linguistics, School of Linguistics, Bangor
  • Forensic Linguistics, Forensic Science Program, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Dr John Olsson is a vetted member of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses


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