Remembering Dr Janet Cotterill (1968–2022)


  • Chris Heffer University of Cardiff
  • Frances Rock University of Cardiff
  • Michelle Aldridge University of Cardiff
  • Lise Fontaine University of Cardiff



Janet Cotterill, Discourse Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, Forensic Linguistics


Cotterill, J. (1998) ‘If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit’: metaphor and the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. Forensic Linguistics 5(2): 151–158.

Cotterill, J. (2000) Reading the rights: a cautionary tale of comprehension and comprehensibility. Forensic Linguistics 7(1): 4–25.

Cotterill, J. (2002) Language in the Legal Process. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cotterill, J. (2003) Language and Power in Court: A Linguistic Analysis of the OJ Simpson Trial. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cotterill, J. (2004) Collocation, connotation and courtroom semantics: lawyers’ control of witness testimony through lexical negotiation. Applied Linguistics,25(4): 513–537.

Cotterill, J. (2005) ‘You do not have to say anything…’: instructing the jury on the defendant’s right to silence in the English criminal justice system. Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication 24(1/2): 7–24.

Cotterill, J. (2007a) The Language of Sexual Crime. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cotterill, J. (2007b) ‘I think he was kind of shouting or something’: uses and abuses of vagueness in the British courtroom. In J. Cutting (ed.) Vague Language Explored 97–114. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cotterill, J. (2011) Mugshots and motherhood: the media semiotics of vilification in child abduction cases. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law/Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique 23.

Coulthard, M., Cotterill, J. and Rock, F. (2000) Dialogue Analysis VII: Working with Dialogue. Berlin: Max Niemeyer Verlag.

Ife, A. and Cotterill, J. (2001) Languages across Boundaries. Oxford: Bloomsbury.

Perkins, R. (2012) Janet Cotterill. In Carol A. Chapelle (ed.), The Encyclopaedia of Applied Linguistics. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.




How to Cite

Heffer, C., Rock, F., Aldridge, M., & Fontaine, L. (2022). Remembering Dr Janet Cotterill (1968–2022). International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law, 29(1), 90–94.




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