Journal articles

  • Coltman-Patel, T. and Wright, D. (2023) Sexualising public health in British tabloids: celebrities ‘flaunting’ weight loss during a pandemic. Journal of Language and Discrimination 7(1): 1–25.  
  • Smith, H.M.J., Roeser, J., Pautz, N., Davis, J.P., Robson, J., Wright, D., Braber, N. and Stacey, P.C. (2022) Evaluating earwitness identification procedures: adapting pre-parade instructions and parade procedure. Memory. DOI: 10.1080/09658211.2022.2129065 [pdf]
  • Williams, J. and Wright, D. (2022) Ambiguity, responsibility, and political action in the UK daily COVID-19 briefings. Critical Discourse Studies. DOI: 10.1080/17405904.2022.2110132. [pdf]
  • Braber, N., Smith, H. M. J, Wright, D., Hardy, A., and Robson, J. (2022) Assessing the specificity and accuracy of accent judgements by lay listeners. Language and Speech. Online first, 1-22. doi:10.1177/00238309221101560. [pdf]
  • Wright, D., Robson, J., Murray-Edwards, H. and Braber, N. (2022) The pragmatic functions of ‘respect’ in lawyers’ courtroom discourse: a case study of Brexit hearings. Journal of Pragmatics 187: 1-12. [pdf]
  • Love, R. and Wright D. (2021). Specifying challenges in transcribing covert recordings: implications for forensic transcription. Frontiers in Communication – Language Sciences 6:797448. DOI: 10.3389/fcomm.2021.797448. [pdf]
  • Wright, D. (2020). The discursive construction of resistance to sex in an online community. Discourse, Context & Media 36: 1-9. [pdf]
  • Smith, H., Bird, K., Roeser, J., Robson, J., Braber, N., Wright, D., and Stacey, P. (2020). Voice parade procedures: investigating methods of optimising witness performance. Memory 28(1): 2–17. [pdf]
  • Wright, D. and Brookes, G. (2019). ‘This is England, speak English!’: a corpus-assisted critical study of language ideologies in the right-leaning British press. Critical Discourse Studies 16(1): 56–83. [pdf]
  • Betts, L. Harding, R. Peart, S., Sjolin Knight, C., Wright, D. and Newbold, K. (2019) Adolescents’ experiences of street harassment: creating a typology and assessing the emotional impact. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 11(1): 38–46. [pdf]
  • Wright, D. (2017). Using word n-grams to identify authors and idiolects: a corpus approach to a forensic linguistic problem. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 22(2), 212-241. [pdf]
  • Johnson, A. and Wright, D. (2014). Identifying idiolect in forensic authorship attribution: an n-gram textbite approach. Language and Law / Linguagem e Direito 1(1), 37-69. [pdf]
  • Wright, D. (2013). Stylistic variation within genre conventions in the Enron email corpus: Developing a text-sensitive methodology for authorship research. International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law 20(1): 45-75. [pdf]
  • Wright, D. (2012). Scrunch, growze, or chobble?: investigating regional variation in sound symbolism in the Survey of English Dialects. Leeds Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics 17, 2012. [pdf]
  • Wright, D. (2011). The accuracy and motivations of semi-phonetic respellings in ‘Summer Bulletin’ dialect literature. Transactions of the Yorkshire Dialect Society 111(22), 36-44.

Book chapters

  • Harding, R., Betts, L., Wright, D., , Peart, S. and Sjolin, C. (2021). Adolescent girls’ experiences of street harassment: emotions, comments, impact, actions and the law. In: I. Zempi and J. Smith (eds.), Misogyny as Hate Crime. London: Routledge, pp. 121–139. [pdf]
  • Wright, D. (2021). Corpus approaches to forensic linguistics. In M. Coulthard, A. May and R. Sousa-Silva (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Forensic Linguistics (2nd edn). London: Routledge, pp. 611-627. [pdf]
  • MacLeod, N, and Wright, D. (2020). Forensic Linguistics. In S. Adolphs and D. Knight (eds). Routledge Handbook of English Language and Digital Humanities. London: Routledge, pp. 360-377. [pdf]
  • Brookes, G. and Wright, D. (2020). From burden to threat: A diachronic study of language ideology and migrant representation in the British press. In: P. Rautionaho, A. Nurmi and J. Klemola (eds.) Corpora and the Changing Society: Studies in the Evolution of English. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins, pp. 113-140. [pdf]
  • Wright, D. (2018). “Idiolect.” In: M. Aronoff (ed.) Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics.  New York: Oxford University Press. [pdf]


  • Doak, J., Jackson, J., Saunders, C., Wright, D., Gómez Fariñas, B. and Durdiyeva, S. (2021). Cross-examination in criminal trials towards a revolution in best practice? A Report for the Nuffield Foundation. Nottingham: Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University. [pdf]

Speical issues and edited volumes

  • Picornell, I. and Wright, D. (eds.) (forthcoming, 2024) Special Issue on Forensic Linguistics in the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law.
  • Wright, D., Di Bari, M., Norton, C., Abdullah, A. and Khamam, R. (eds.) (2013). Leeds Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics, vol. 18.


  • Wright, D. (2014) Stylistics versus Statistics: A corpus linguistic approach to combining techniques in forensic authorship analysis using Enron emails. Doctoral thesis. University of Leeds, United Kingdom. [pdf]