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Contact Details

Tel: 0121 204 3846

Email: e.chiang2@aston.ac.uk

Research Interests

My research focuses on linguistic expressions of identity in online criminal contexts using pragmatic tools like rhetorical move analysis and speech act theory. Previously I have explored linguistic identity in online child sexual abuse interactions, and how linguistic analysis and understanding can inform undercover police practice in this area. My current research interests include self-styled 'paedophile-hunting' groups, dark web criminal communities and individual language variation over time.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Rhetorical moves and identity performance in online child sexual abuse interactions, Centre for Forensic Linguistics, Aston University, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK

1 Oct 201530 Sept 2018

Award Date: 1 Apr 2019

MA, Chatroom groomers as discourse communities: A move analysis of chatroom grooming interactions, Centre for Forensic Linguistics, Aston University, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK

1 Sept 201430 Sept 2015

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

BA, Oxford Brookes University

18 Sept 20065 Jun 2009

Award Date: 30 Jul 2009

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