Dr Michelle Aldridge-Waddon - BA, PhD (Wales)
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 79017
Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU.
Michelle is interested in supervising PhD students in all areas related to child language acquisition, communication disorders and forensic linguistics.
Michelle’s main research interest is in the linguistic experiences of vulnerable witnesses through the legal system.
Aldridge, Michelle. & Wood, Joanna. (1998) Interviewing Children: A Guide for Child Care and Forensic Practitioners, Wiley & Son. ISBN 0-471-97052-2 (hbk) 0-471-98207-5 (pbk). Xvi + 229. (Translated into Japanese in 2004).
Aldridge, Michelle. & Wood, Joanna. (2000) Interviewing child witnesses within memorandum guidelines: A survey of police officers in England & Wales. Children & Society, Vol. 14, pp. 168-181.
Aldridge, Michelle (2007) The questioning of child witnesses: A comparison of the child’s linguistic experience in the initial interview and in the courtroom cross-examination in Cotterill, J. (ed) Sex Crimes, 113-151, Palgrave.
Aldridge, Michelle & June Luchjenbroers, (2007) Linguistic measures of manipulation in legal discourse: Framing questions and ‘smuggling’ information. The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law: Forensic Linguistics, 14: 1, 83-105.
Luchjenbroers, June & Aldridge, Michelle. (2007) Conceptual manipulation by metaphors and frames: Dealing with rape victims in legal discourse. Text & Talk, 27:3, 339-359.
Luchjenbroers, J. & Aldridge, M. (2007) 'Conceptual mappings and smuggling information in witness testimonies' in Complex Cognition and Qualitative Science: A legacy of Oswald Kulpe. Vol. 2. University of Latvia, 189-202.
Michelle’s main research interest is in the linguistic experiences of vulnerable witnesses through the legal system. To this end, a great deal of work is ongoing looking at the experiences of children, rape victims, the elderly and people with communication disorders during the initial police interview and subsequent cross-examination. Recent research conducted with Dr. June Luchjenbroers (Bangor University) has fallen within the theoretical approach of 'Cognitive Linguistics' and examines oral narratives; legal transcripts and audio and video-taped conversational data. With Dr. Luchjenbroers, Michelle recently hosted here the 2nd UK-Cognitive Linguistics Conference (27-30 August, 2007) and we are now working on editing two volumes based on the proceedings.
Michelle is a Senior Lecturer in Language and Communication. She was formerly a Senior Lecturer in the Linguistics Department at the University of Wales, Bangor. She has also lectured at the International Summer School in Forensic Linguistics and regularly leads Police training days around the UK on ‘Interviewing Vulnerable witnesses’. Her undergraduate and Masters teaching responsibilities include modules such as Children, Language and Communication; Communication Disorders and Forensic Linguistics.