Senior Lecturer in Forensic Linguistics, Manchester Metropolitan University

Samuel is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Linguistics at the Manchester Metropolitan University. His research lies predominantly in the area of investigative linguistics, including authorship analysis and deception detection, and more recently he has been exploring the language children use when disclosing sexual abuse.


  • 2017–present
    Senior Lecturer in Forensic Linguistics, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2015–2017
    Lecturer in Linguistics, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2013–2015
    Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Central Lancashire
  • 2012–2013
    Lecturer in Linguistics, Newman University
  • 2007–2009
    Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University


  • 2013 
    Aston University, PhD Forensic Linguistics
  • 2005 
    Cardiff University, MA (Distinction) Forensic Linguistics
  • 2003 
    Lancaster University, BA (Hons) Linguistics


  • 2017
    Idiolectal formulaic clusters as markers of forensic authorship attribution: identification of formulaic sequences in adult L1 English writers’ short personal narratives, Phraseology in Legal and Institutional Settings: A corpus-based interdisciplinary perspective
  • 2017
    Culture moderates changes in linguistic self-presentation and detail provision when deceiving others, Royal Society Open Science
  • 2016
    Using a core word to identify different forms of semantically related formulaic sequences and their potential as a marker of authorship, Corpora
  • 2015
    From intellectual challenges to established corpus techniques: introduction to the special issue on forensic linguistics, Corpora
  • 2014
    A comparative review of The Routledge Handbook of Forensic Linguistics and The Oxford Handbook of Language and Law, Language and Law—Linguagem e Direito
  • 2014
    Forensic Authorship Analysis and the World Wide Web, Palgrave Pivot
  • 2014
    A preliminary investigation into the use of fixed formulaic sequences as a marker of authorship, The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law
  • 2014
    Cross-cultural deception detection, Deception Detection: Current challenges and new approaches

Professional Memberships

  • Member, International Association of Forensic Linguists
  • Member, British Association of Applied Linguistics