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Dr Dominik Vajn

Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies
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Dominik has been a lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Central Lancashire since 2015. He has been teaching modules in forensic linguistics, text and discourse analysis, stylistics, and language and gender studies. Dominik's research interests and expertise lies in the field of forensic linguistics, specifically focusing on authorship analysis and the discourse of police interviews. In addition to forensic linguistics, Dominik also supervises postgraduate projects in corpus linguistics.

Dominik teaches a range of modules on English Language course, focusing on text and discourse analysis. In addition to teaching on the undergraduate course in English Language, Dominik supervises research projects and dissertations in the fields of forensic linguistics, corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, conversation analysis and sociolinguistics. His teaching focuses on analysing texts to either uncover hidden meanings and intentions behind the texts, or unknown or disguised authorship. He utilises a range of online tools to allow students to work collaboratively on such projects and uses data from real forensic cases in his teaching. Dominik is an active researcher in the field of forensic linguistics and regularly presents his research and national and international conferences. He is a member of the Research Unit for Speech and Language.

Before joining the University of Central Lancashire as a Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics, Dominik was a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, working on a research project investigating interdisciplinary research discourse. Since joining our University, Dominik has been teaching various modules on our undergraduate course in English Language and Linguistics, mainly in the fields of forensic linguistics, discourse analysis, stylistics and sociolinguistics. In addition to these modules, he has used his expertise in corpus linguistics and organised workshops for staff and postgraduate students on creating corpora and using various corpus access tools. Dominik is an active researcher in the Research Unit for Speech and Language. His research focuses on the authorship of translation, as well as methods for detecting false confessions. He is member of the International Association of Forensic Linguistics (IAFL), as well as Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics (GSFL) and has presented his research at various national and international conferences and symposiums.

  • PhD Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham, 2015
  • MPhil Corpus Linguistics, University of Birmingham, 2009
  • MA English Language and Literature, and History, J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek (Croatia), 2008
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Authorship Analysis
  • Police Interviews
  • False Confessions
  • Member of the International Association of Forensic Linguistics (IAFL)
  • Member of the Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics (GSFL)