My project explores the use of linguistic features to navigate agency in narratives written by offenders before they commit crimes. It will take the form of a diachronic corpus stylistic analysis of pre-crime manifestos, diaries and vlogs, and will aim to analyse how agency changes as the perpetrators move closer to committing their crimes, with a view to developing a diachronic model of agency in pre-crime narratives.
Start date:October 2015
Research Topic:A corpus stylistic analysis of agency in pre-crime narratives
Research Supervisor:Dr Chris Heffer and Dr Dawn Knight
Supervising school:School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Primary funding source:ESRC Studentship