Dr Felicity Deamer

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  • Qualifications:PhD, MBPsS, FHEA
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+44117 965 6261
  • Email:Felicity.Deamer@uwe.ac.uk

About me

My research is about applying contemporary research methods to real-world (e.g. legal or mental health) contexts. Language is such an integral part of what makes us human and is an indispensable lens through which we can more clearly understand society and humanity.

I am currently exploring how police investigative interviews get used as evidence in court, with particular focus on the transformation that takes place when an audio recording of an interview is transcribed. Using Conversation Analysis (CA), among other qualitative and psycholinguistic methods, we are exploring the fine-grained patterns of interaction that unfold during these interviews, and how they can best be captured in transcripts that are used as evidence. 

In a seperate strand of research, I am examining body-worn camera footage from mental health wards in order to ascertain whether there are particular communicative and interactional patterns (i.e. speech acts and/or turn-taking dynamics) initiated by mental health staff that result in successful de-escalation of violent incidents. 

Another current collaboration examines police 999 calls to understand the language used by callers as they report 'crimes in action'. We hope to identify successful call handler practices with the aim of developing research-based training for call handlers and dispatch teams. 

I also have an interest in applying mixed methods in linguistics to mental health research. In previous work, I have investigated metaphor comprehension capacities in people with schizophrenia. I have also used insights from linguistics to help explain the efficacy of Relating Therapy for voice hearers, and I am currently using Conversation Analysis to examine the interactions between patients and their Avatar (of their voice) in Avatar Therapy sessions for voice hearers. 

Area of expertise


Forensic Linguistics


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