What is forensic linguistics? What impact does it have in the legal system? Is it possible to identify an individual author through their use of language? In this interview, forensic linguist Alison May discusses these issues and tells us why the study of forensic linguistics is important.

Alison May (formerly Johnson) is Lecturer in English Language at the University of Leeds, UK. She is co-author of An Introduction to Forensic Linguistics: Language in Evidence, 2nd edn. (with Malcolm Coulthard and David Wright, Routledge, 2017) and co-editor of the International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law.