Dr Georgina Heydon
Global, Urban and Social Studies
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Design & Social Context
In Semester 1 2010, Dr Georgina Heydon is teaching SOCU2116 Contemporary Criminology and SOCU2073 Law and Criminal Justice Policy in the Criminal Justice Administration program, and in Semester 2, 2010, Georgina is teaching SOCU1025 Cross Cultural Communication. She is an active researcher currently working on a number of projects and publications (see below) and also provides expert testimony as a forensic linguist.
B.A. (Hons), PhD Linguistics (Monash University)
Professional interests and links to industry
- Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
- Committee Member of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group
- Founder of the Investigative Interviewing Network (Australia) Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
- Member of the International Association for Forensic Linguists
- Member of the Scientific Panel of the International Association for Forensic Linguists
Research and scholarship
Dr Heydon published the first monograph to analyse the language of police interviewing in Australia from a linguistic and discourse analytic perspective. Her foundational work on the linguistic structures of police interviews (2004) and moral frameworks in questioning (2003) provides a new insight into investigative interviewing by revealing the language strategies used by police and suspects to construct evidentiary narratives. Over the last ten years, Dr Heydon’s research has contributed a new level of detail to the analysis of legal-societal issues in policing by focusing on the discursive phenomena that underlie testimonial integrity (2008b), methods of detecting deception (2008a), formality (2007) and the right to silence (2007).
Dr Heydon is a chief investigator with Dr Bronwyn Naylor, Prof Marilyn Pittard and Dr Moira Paterson (all of the Law Faculty, Monash University) in an ARC Linkage Project ‘Living Down the Past’ (LP0990348 2009-2012) that examines the impact of police record checking by employers on ex-offenders and their rehabilitation. Earlier work on the project received funding through the Law Services Board Small Grants Scheme.
Dr Heydon is also working on the use of lie detection in law enforcement and is in the early stages of a collaborative project with the Department of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University New York.
Current research projects
Heydon, G. (2009) Research in Discourse Analysis. In G. Finch and K. Allen (Eds) The Linguists Companion. Houndsmills: Palgraves Macmillan Ltd.
Heydon, G. (2009) Research in Forensic Linguistics. In G. Finch and K. Allen (Eds) The Linguists Companion. Houndsmills: Palgraves Macmillan Ltd.
Heydon, G. (2009) Forensic Linguistics. In G. Finch and K. Allen (Eds) The Linguists Companion. Houndsmills: Palgraves Macmillan Ltd.
Heydon, G. (2009) Corpus Linguistics: In G. Finch and K. Allen (Eds) The Linguists Companion. Houndsmills: Palgraves Macmillan Ltd.
Heydon, G. (2008) The art of deception: myths about lie detection in written confessions. In L. Smets and Aldert Vrij (Eds) Cahiers Policestudies: Special Investigative Interviewing techniques; The use of written - and oral analyses. Brussels, Politeia pp173-185
Heydon, G. (2008) The risk to testimonial integrity of moral judgements in police interviews. Southern Review: Communications, Politics and Culture. 40 (3) pp 23-39
The importance of being (in)formal. (2007) In K. Kredens and S. Goźdź-Roszkowski (Eds) Language and the Law: International Outlooks. Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang GmbH
Heydon, G. (2007) When silence means acceptance: understanding the right to silence as a linguistic phenomenon. Alternative Law Journal. Vol 32 (3) pp 147-51
Heydon, G. (200 6) ‘The guilty silence: the discursive implications of non-response in a police interview.’ Monash University Linguistics Papers. Vol 5 (1) pp 59-67
Heydon, G. (2005) The Language of Police Interviewing: a critical analysis. Houndmills: Palgraves Macmillan Inc.
Heydon, G. (200 4) ‘Establishing the structure of police evidentiary interviews with suspects.’: The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law: Forensic Linguistics. Vol 11 (1) pp 27-49
Heydon, G. (2003) 'Do you agree that she would have been frightened?' An investigation of discursive practices in police-suspect interviews. Thesis Abstract. Forensic Linguistics. The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law. Vol 10 (1)
Heydon, G. (2003) 'Now I didn't mean to break his teeth': Applying CA to problems of power asymmetry and voluntary confessions., Proceedings of 35th Annual Meeting of the British Association of Applied Linguistics. U.K. pp 81-97
Heydon, G. (200 2) ‘Do you agree that she would have been frightened?’ An investigation of discursive practices in police-suspect interviews. PhD Thesis, Linguistics Program, Monash University.
Heydon, G. (2000) The myth of the linguistic lie detector. Monash University Linguistics Papers. Vol 2 (2).
Heydon, G. (1998) Participation frameworks, discourse features and embedded requests in police V.A.T.E. interviews with children. Monash University Linguistics Papers. Vol 1 (2). pp21-32.
Heydon, G. (1997) Participation frameworks, discourse features and embedded requests in police V.A.T.E. interviews with children. Honours Thesis, Linguistics Department, Monash University.
- Amanda Clark (Honours) Victims and the media. Primary Supervisor
- Miranda Lai (Masters) Forensic interviewing in a cross-cultural environment. Primary Supervisor
- Antoinette Saliba (PhD) ‘An analysis of the criminal record as a tool for governing the conduct of ex-offenders in Victoria’ Primary Supervisor
Accomplishments and achievements
- Designed and delivered a programme of investigative interviewing training for the AFP.
- Founded the Australian Investigative Interviewing Network in 2007, bringing together police members and academic researchers in police interviewing.
- Convened the inaugural Investigative Interviewing Forum for Australian police practitioners and researchers (10th July, 2007).
- Provided expert forensic evidence (reports and court testimony) in several cases involving linguistic data in Magistrates’ and County court cases.
- Provided consultations, advice and workshops in organisational communications to several multinational corporations, especially in the area of language and gender in the workplace
Dr Heydon is an expert in language use and forensic linguistics. She has appeared as a guest speaker on ABC and SBS radio and Channel 31’s Life of Crime programme, and as a panel member at the Melbourne International Writers’ festival.