Patricia Canning

I graduated from Queen's University Belfast (N. Ireland) where I gained my BA (First Class Hons), MA (Distinction), and PhD. I teach Introduction to Rhetoric, Introduction to Linguistics, Research in Context, Stylistics, and Forensic Linguistics Courses previously taught both in NL and the Belfast, include 'Early Modern Literature and Culture' (BA and MA level), 'Language and the Law' (MA level), 'Language and Power', 'Forensic Linguistics', 'Langauge and Narrative Style', 'Creative Writing', and 'Sounds of the City' (Literature). I advocate for impact outside academia and have developed projects using literature and shared reading in prisons, forensic mental health hospitals, schools, universities, ex-prisoner community groups, and cancer hospitals. I am currently developing a research project: 'No Ordinary Crowd': The linguistics of blame in the evidence-gathering processes following the Hillsborough Football Stadium Disaster I am writing two books: From Literature to Life: Reading in Prison (Palgrave) and Discourse Analysis (with Brian Walker) (Routledge).

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Hillsborough disaster: a revealing analysis of the language in witness statements

The Hillsborough disaster of April 15 1989 led to the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans. They were crushed on the terraces at the FA Cup semi-final as their team started play on the pitch. That afternoon the match commander, David Duckenfield, falsely reported to the FA that fans forced...

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