Natalie Jones


I have studied at the University of Leeds in the School of English since 2018, graduating from my undergraduate degree in the summer of 2021 with a BA in English Language and Literature.

After studying modules that combined conversation discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, and forensic linguistics, I decided that I wanted to pursue further postgraduate study in these areas. As a Masters by Research student, I have the flexibility to combine these areas of study into my research through my analysis of the State of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin trial [2021]. 

Research interests

My research is in corpus-based forensic linguistics, with a specific focus on courtroom and trial discourse. I am looking at linguistic strategies used by lawyers in opening speeches and closing arguments. My research seeks to push forward knowledge and add something new to trial discourse studies.  


  • BA in English Language and Literature, University of Leeds (2021)