Dr. Victoria Guillén

Forensic Linguistics
  • Professional address
    Departamento de Filología Inglesa. Campus de San Vicente del Raspeig. Ap. Correo 99 –E-03080 Alicante. Spain
  • Email
  • Phone
    0034 965909318
  • Fax
    0034 965903800
Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae  
  • Degree in English Studies at University of Alicante (1985)
  • Master’s in Applied Linguistics at University of Alicante (1987)
  • Master’s in Forensic Linguistics at University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (2008)
  • Doctorate in Applied Linguistics at University of Alicante (1993)
  • Two research sexenios awarded by the CNEAI in Spain
Positions held 
  • 1997- Tenured Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics (Titular de Universidad), Department of English Studies, University of Alicante
  • 1987-1996 Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics (Titular de Escuela Universitaria), Department of English Studies, University of Alicante
  • 1986-1987 Associate Professor (Contratado C2), Department of English Language, Polytechnic University of Valencia

Institutional responsibilities

  • 2006-Director of the Master program in English and Spanish for Specific Purposes,  Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of Alicante
  • 2006-Member of the Postgraduate Committee, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of Alicante
  • 2008-2009  Member of the Governing Board, University of Alicante
  • 2006-2009  Member of the Senate, University of Alicante
  • 2003-2009  Member of the Faculty Committee, University of Alicante
  • 2003- 2009 Head of the Department of English Studies, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of Alicante
  • 2000-2003 Deputy Head of the Department of English Studies, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of Alicante
  • 1999-2000 Academic Secretary of the Department of English Studies, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of Alicante
  • 1995-1999 Secondary Education English Language Coordinator CCU 1B116,  University of Alicante
Invited scholar 
  • Department of  English Studies, University of Alcalá de Henares (Spain)
  • Department of English and German Studies, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)
  • Department of Translation, University of Salamanca (Spain)
  • Department of Applied Linguistics, University Polytechnic of Madrid (Spain)
  • Department of English and German Studies, University of Valencia (Spain)
  • Department of English Studies, University of Madeira (Portugal)
  • Department of Modern Languages, University Jules Verne, Picardiè, Amiens (France)
  • Department of English Studies, Heinrich-Heine Universität, Düsseldorf (Germany)
  • Department of English Studies, University of Bonn (Germany)
  • Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus (Cyprus)
  • Central China Normal University of Wuhan (China)
  • Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Oradea (Romania)
  • Trinity College (Dublin)
  • UCLA, Los Angeles, California (USA)
  • Anti-Bullying Research Centre (ABC), Dublin City University (Dublin)
  • CUPL, Pekín (China)
  • ECUPL, Shanghai (China)
Teaching 
  • 2014- “Author identification techniques” in the Master’s in Forensic Investigation and Criminal Sciences, University of Alicante (Spain)
  • 2006-  “Forensic Linguistics” in the Masters in English and Spanish for Specific Purposes, University of Alicante (Spain)
  • 1986- ”English for Specific Purposes”,in the Degree in English Studies. University of Alicante (Spain)
Teaching abroad 
  • University of Madeira (Portugal)
  • University Jules Verne, Picardiè, Amiens (France)
  • Heinrich-Heine Universität, Düsseldorf (Germany)
  • University of Cyprus (Cyprus)
  • Central China Normal University of Wuhan (China)
  • University of Oradea (Romania)
  • Trinity College (Dublin)
Current research interests 
  • Language in the law
  • Forensic linguistics as a forensic science
  • Intertextuality (Plagiarism Detection)
  • Author identification
  • Language crimes
International Conferences (selection) 
  • 2019 Guillén Nieto, V. Linguistic indicators for psychological violence detection in the language of domestic abusers. AAFS 71st Annual Scientific Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, 18th-22nd February (US)
  • 2018 Guillén Nieto, V. Hate speech in the high courts of Spain. 4th American Pragmatics Association conference, Albany 1-3 November (US)
  • 2018 Guillén Nieto, V. & D. Stein. The linguistics of workplace bullying. Issues for a pragmatics-based theory of criminal genre. 2018 Bullying Conference, Bordeaux, 6-8 June (FRANCE)
  • 2017 Guillén Nieto, V. & D. Stein. The linguistics of mobbing in the workplace. Issues for a pragmatics-based theory of genre. 41st AEDEAN Conference. University of La Laguna, Tenerife, 8-10 November (SPAIN)
  • 2017 Guillén Nieto, V. Educational innovation and plagiarism detection. Jornadas Internacionales de Innovación Docente en Ingles. University of Valencia, 25-27 October (SPAIN)
  • 2017 Guillén Nieto, V. Defamation as a language crime. International Conference in Language and Law (ILLA), Workshop on Forensic Linguistics: New Procedures and Standards. University of Freiburg, 7-9 September (GERMANY)
  • 2017 Almela Sánchez-Lafuente, Alcaraz Mármol, G.,Guillén Nieto, V., García Pinar, A., Cerezo García, L., Pallejá López, C., Chaski, C. E. A Spanish corpus for forensic linguistic research. International Conference in Language and Law (ILLA), Workshop on Forensic Linguistics: New Procedures and Standards. University of Freiburg, 7-9 September (GERMANY)
  • 2017 Guillén Nieto, V. Impoliteness and the appraisal of intentional defamation in Spanish courts. International Conference in Language and Law (ILLA), University of Freiburg, 7-9 September (GERMANY)
  • 2016 Guillén Nieto, V., Stein, D. Emotion and offence in law. International Conference on Language and Emotion, Madrid (SPAIN)
  • 2016 Guillén Nieto, V. Unmasking the workplace bully with author identification tools. 2016 SLE Conference, Naples (ITALY)
  • 2016 Guillén Nieto, V. Defamation: Verbal aggression, culture and impoliteness. 5th Bonn Applied English Linguistics Conference, Bonn (GERMANY)
  • 2016 Guillén Nieto, V. The linguistic basis of forensic authorship identification methods. International AESLA Conference, Alicante (SPAIN)
  • 2016 Chaski, C.; Stein, D.; Guillén Nieto, V.; Almela, Á. Standards for education and training for work in forensic linguistics. 90th LSA Conference, Washington DC (US)
  • 2015 Guillén Nieto, V. Textual kidnapping: A case of text plagiarism between two lawyers. III International GSFL Roundtable on Forensic Linguistics and Phonetics, Mainz (GERMANY)
  • 2015 Guillén Nieto, V. Who wrote the lawsuits? A case of questioned joint authorship. PAPER. III International GSFL Roundtable on Forensic Linguistics and Phonetics, Mainz (GERMANY)
  • 2013 Guillén Nieto, V., The use and abuse of anthropomorphism in the toy making industry: The case of The British toymakers guild. 19 ICL. Geneva (SWITZERLAND)
  • 2012 Guillén Nieto, V. Assessing the effectiveness of using the It’s a Deal! serious game in business English teaching. 5th Annual International Conference on Literature, Languages & Linguistics. Athens (GREECE)
  • 2011 Guillén Nieto, V. Interactional meta-discourse across three types of the expert witness report in Peninsular Spanish.12th International Pragmatics Conference, Manchester (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • 2010 Guillén Nieto, V. Intercultural business pragmatics: The case of the business letter of introduction. 4th International Conference Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication. Madrid (SPAIN)
  • 2010 Guillén Nieto, V. Lost in mistranslation. IX International AELFE Conference. Hamburg (GERMANY)
Conferences organised (selection) 
  • 2017  Summer School “Acoso moral, maltrato, y violencia de género”, University of Alicante,17-19 July
  • 2017 Workshop on “Forensic linguistics: new procedures and standards” with Chaski (Washington), Kniffka (Bonn) and Stein  (Düsseldorf) , as part of the International Language and Law Conference (ILLA) , Freiburg University, 6-8 September
  • 2016  Summer School “Herramientas para el ejercicio profesional de la criminología”, University of Alicante, 13-15 July
Editorial activities 
  • 2009  Guillén Nieto, V. Marimón-Llorca, C., Vargas-Sierra, Ch. (Eds.). Intercultural Communication and Simulation and Gaming Methodology. Bern: Peter Lang. ISBN 978-3-03911-688-1. The book received from the European Association of Languages for Specific Purposes the I ENRIQUE ALCARAZ RESEARCH AWARD
  • 2008  Guillén Nieto, V., Vargas Sierra, Ch., Williams Jellyman, J. (Eds.). Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses (RAEI). Special issue on Intercultural Communication
  • 1994  Guillén Nieto, V., Mateo Martínez, J., Moody, B. (Eds.) English for Specific Purposes: Approaches and Strategies. Alicante: University of Alicante

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Selected publications 
  • 2017 Guillén Nieto, V., Stein, D.  “Emotion, Sprache im Recht. Methodische Aspekte einer kontrastiven fachsprachlichen Analyse“. In Rocco, G., Schafroth, E. (Eds.). Methoden der vergleichenden Diskurslinguistik.Germanistischromanistische Beiträge zur Methodenreflexion und Forschungspraxis. Bern: Peter Lang (in print)
  • 2013  Guillén Nieto, V. Intercultural business pragmatics: the case of the business letter of introduction. In Kesckes, I., Romero-Trillo, J. Research Trends in Intercultural Pragmatics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 2012  Guillén Nieto, V. Alesón-Carbonell, M. "Serious games and learning effectiveness: the Case of It's a Deal!” Computers & Education. An International Journal, 58: 435-448. ISSN 0360-1315. DOI 10.1016/jcompedu.2011.07.015
  • 2011  Guillén Nieto, V.. The linguist as expert witness in the community trademark courts. International Journal of Applied Linguistics (ITL), 162: 63-83.
  • 2011  Guillén Nieto, V. When humanities and information and communications technology merge. In Suau-Jiménez, T. & Pennock-Speck, B. (Eds.), Interdisciplinarity and Languages. Current Issues in Research, Teaching, Professional Applications, pp. 185-208. Bern: Peter Lang.
  • 2009 Guillén Nieto, V. Crossing disciplines in intercultural communication research. In Guillén-Nieto, V., Marimón-Llorca, C., Vargas-Sierra, Ch.(Eds.), Intercultural Communication and Simulation and Gaming Methodology, pp. 29-63. Bern: Peter Lang.
  • 2009  Guillén Nieto, V. Marimón-Llorca, C., Vargas-Sierra, Ch. (Eds.). Intercultural Communication and Simulation and Gaming Methodology. Bern: Peter Lang.
  • 2009  Guillén Nieto, V.; Pernías Peco, P.; Vargas Sierra, Ch.; Williams, J. Advances in intercultural communication research and training based on computer simulation of real business settings. In Gómez Morón et al. (Ed). Pragmatics Applied to Language Teaching and Learning, 337-361. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • 2008 Guillén Nieto, V.; Vargas Sierra, Ch.; Pardiño Juan, M., Martínez Barco, P.; Suárez Cueto, A. 2008. Exploring state-of-the-art software for authorship identification, International Journal of English Studies, IJES, 8: 1-28.
  • 2007  Guillén Nieto, V. La comunicación intercultural en los negocios. In Alcaraz Varó, E.; Mateo Martínez, J.; Yus Ramos, F. (Eds). Las Lenguas Profesionales y Académicas, 115-131. Barcelona: Ariel.
  • 2006  Guillén Nieto, V. Understanding social distance in intercultural communication. In González Cruz, I, (Ed.) Lengua, Sociedad y Cultura. Estudios Interdisciplinares, pp. 99-118. Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Servicio de Publicaciones

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Useful models and patents

  • 2011 Inventors (by signing order): Guillén Nieto, V.; Williams Jellyman, W.J.; Pernías Peco, P.A.; Ferre Luparia, F.P.; Torregrosa Jorques, R.; Maldonado Fuentes, A.; Sanguino Oliva, F.J. It's a Deal! Type of patent: COMPUTER PROGRAM. No. of application: A-434-11. Country: Spain. Universidad de Alicante.
Other professional activities 

Since 2009 I have provided professional linguistic service as a language expert witness:

  • 2018 Confidential case: Trademarks conflict. Alicante. Spain.
  • 2017 (with Dr. Dieter Stein) Confidential case: Authorship attribution. Düsseldorf
  • 2017 (with Dr. Dieter Stein) Confidential case: Authorship attribution, Düsseldorf
  • 2017  Confidential case: Plagiarism detection, Alicante
  • 2017  Confidential case: Plagiarism detection. Rebuttal report, Alicante
  • 2017  Confidential case: Sexual harassment. Alicante
  • 2017  Case: Gender violence. (Procedimiento de Diligencias Previas Nº 87/2.016 seguido ante el Juzgado de Instrucción nº 4 de Mollet del Vallés (Barcelona) y posteriormente seguido como Diligencias Previas nº 220/2016 ante el Juzgado de Violencia sobre la Mujer nº 1 de Vila-Real, Castellón)
  • 2016  Case: Plagiarism detection. (Procedimiento Ordinario 0000270/2014. Juzgado de Primera Instancia nº 4 de Salamanca)
  • 2015  Case: Authorship attribution (Procedimiento ordinario Nº 0000436/2012. Juzgado de Primera Instancia nº 4 de Salamanca)
  • 2014 Case: Authorship attribution. Perito de parte designada por SVM Abogados en representación del Ayuntamiento de Los Montesinos, Torrevieja, Alicante
  • 2013  Case: Authorship attribution (Procedimiento abreviado nº 50/2008 del Juzgado de Primera Instancia e Instrucción nº 1 de Novelda, juicio oral 231/2010 del Juzgado de lo Penal nº 5 de Alicante, Juzgado de lo Penal, Audiencia Provincial de Alicante)
  • 2012 Case: Plagiarism detection. Rebuttal report. (Procedimiento: Chevron Corp. v. Aguinda Salazar, et al, Case Nº. 11 Civ. 3718 (LAK). United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Perito de parte designada por el bufete Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.) Texas
  • 2011  Case: Speaker identification. Collaboration.(Procedimiento: Liquidación Sociedad Gananciales 398/2003, negociado A. Juzgado de Primera Instancia e Instrucción nº 3 de Arcos de la Frontera)
  • 2009  Confidential case: Speaker identification, Alicante