Between April 2010 and February 2011 Nicci was employed as the discourse analyst on the AHRC funded project Language and Linguistic Evidence in the 1641 Depositions (University of Aberdeen). She investigated 17th century (quasi) legal discourse as represented in the Depositions - a corpus of witness statements collected during and immediately after the 1641 Irish uprising - with a particular focus on the discursive characteristics of direct, indirect, and mediated reports of atrocity. Her specific interests were in the perceived credibility of women, discursive constructions of gender roles, discursive constructions of the ‘other’ in the context of prevailing anti-Catholic polemic, representations of sexual violence, and functions of reported speech. These were all addressed with a corpus-assisted discourse analysis methodology. 

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