Publication details [#61693]

Grant, Tim and Nicci MacLeod. 2016. Assuming Identities Online: Experimental Linguistics Applied to the Policing of Online Paedophile Activity. Applied Linguistics 37 (1) : 50–70.
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Oxford University Press


Idiolect and identity theories are explored via survey of online paedophile culprit-child interaction, and of talk of warding undercover officers adopting alternative identities too, to scrutinize such crimes. The key methodological linguistic question regards the pertinence of experimental work to examine online identity (disguise).