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Michelle Aldridge-waddon  BA, PhD (Wales)

Dr Michelle Aldridge-waddon BA, PhD (Wales)

Dirprwy Bennaeth yr Ysgol a Phennaeth Pwnc, Deon Cyswllt ar gyfer Cydraddoldeb, Amrywiaeth a Chynhwysiant ar gyfer Coleg y Celfyddydau, y Dyniaethau a'r Gwyddorau Cymdeithasol

Ysgol Saesneg, Cyfathrebu ac Athroniaeth

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I am a member of the Centre for Language and Communication Research.

Postgraduate Students

Michelle is interested in supervising PhD students in all areas related to child language acquisition, communication disorders, forensic linguistics and electronic language production.

If you are interested in coming to Cardiff to explore one (or more) of these topics, please contact me to discuss the opportunities offered at Cardiff University in terms of MA studies, PhD research or collaboration.




















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Michelle'™s main research interest is in the linguistic experiences of vulnerable witnesses and offenders through the legal system. To this end, a great deal of work is ongoing looking at the experiences of children, rape victims, the elderly and people with communication disorders during the initial police interview and subsequent cross-examination and also looking at the language experiences of vulnerable offenders in prison.

Research conducted with Dr. June Luchjenbroers (Bangor University) has fallen within the theoretical approach of 'Cognitive Linguistics' and examines oral narratives; legal transcripts and audio and video-taped conversational data.

A new research area for Michelle, with Lise Fontaine, is the Keystroke Project.

The keystroke project is a study of the human production of electronic language using a keyboard (e.g. email, chat, Facebook, and other types of spontaneous, personal computer-mediated communication). In this study, the analysis would be based on the use of keystroke software (Inputlog) which records all keystrokes made by the speaker.

The main research topics in the project include:

  • the influence of "typed" language on linguistic choice
  • automatic (online or as it happens) language processing
  • typographical errors
  • production errors
  • evidence of formulaic sequences
  • effects of online language processing (synchronous real time exchanges, e.g. chat) and reflective language processing (asynchronous exchanges, e.g. email, discussion forums)
  • other relevant topics arising from the data.

Research Interests

My research interests include all aspects of Child language acquisition and adult and child communication disorders. Much of my recent research is in the linguistic experiences of vulnerable witnesses and offenders through the legal system.


I teach modules in Child Language Acquisition, Communication Disorders, Forensic Linguistics and Language and Mind to undergraduate students and Forensic Linguistics at MA level.

I am the Director of studies for Language and Communication.


Michelle is a Senior Lecturer in Language and Communication.

She was formerly a      Senior Lecturer in the Linguistics Department at the University of Wales, Bangor. She has also lectured at the International Summer School in Forensic Linguistics and regularly leads Police training days around the UK on '˜Interviewing Vulnerable witnesses'™.

Her undergraduate and Masters teaching responsibilities include modules such as Children, Language and Communication; Communication Disorders and Forensic Linguistics.

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 Mae gen i ddiddordeb mewn goruchwylio myfyrwyr PhD ym mhob maes sy'n gysylltiedig â chaffael iaith plant, anhwylderau cyfathrebu, ieithyddiaeth fforensig a chynhyrchu iaith electronig.

Os oes gennych ddiddordeb mewn dod i Gaerdydd i archwilio un (neu fwy) o'r pynciau hyn, cysylltwch â mi i drafod y cyfleoedd a gynigir ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd o ran astudiaethau MA, ymchwil PhD neu gydweithredu.

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