Our Work

2021  Randall, J., J. Cherry, & A. Montag.  Collaborations in the Courthouse: Making Legal Language Accessible.  Revue Linguistique et Referential  Interculturel (Linguistics and Cultural Diversity).   La Linguistique à la croisée des sciences (Linguistics at the Crossroads of Sciences).  Vol. 2, number 1, 2-12.

2021 Randall, Janet. How to Talk So Juries Listen. 95 Chicago-Kent Law Review, 647.

2019   MacNeal, A., K. Fiallo,  A. Jones,  S. Jones, S. Laureano, M. Monjarrez, & Y. Xu,  "Sounding black": The legal implications of linguistic profiling.  [Online]:  Northeastern University Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 4.

2019   Randall, J.  How Just is Justice? Ask a Psycholinguist.  In Carlson, Katy, Charles Clifton Jr. & Janet Dean Fodor, eds. Grammatical Approaches to Language Processing- Essays in Honor of Lyn Frazier.   Studies in Theoretical Pyscholinguistics, Springer, NY, 275-308.   

2014   Randall, J.  Tackling “legalese”: How linguistics can simplify legal language and increase access to justice.  Language Use & Linguistic Structure (Olomouc Modern Language Series), Olomouc, 231-46.  [Online] https://dx.doi.org/10.5507/ff.14.24440606.

Research Summaries

2017   Randall, J., Y. Xu, K. Fiallo, & H. Emerson.   Improving Jury Instructions: The Effect of Linguistic and Procedural FactorsProceedings of the American Psychology-Law Society Annual Meeting.  Seattle.

2015   Randall, J.  Improving juror comprehension: Reading while listening.   Proceedings of the Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting.  Portland, 1-5.

2014   Randall, J. & L. Graf.  Linguistics meets "legalese": syntax, semantics, and jury instruction reform.  [Extended 5p. abstract].  Proceedings of the Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting.  Minneapolis.

2021   Randall, J., Manav Mehta, Sanjna Patel, & Rajvi Shah S.  The California Jury Instruction Project: Kidnapping, A Pilot Study.   Northeastern University Linguistics Research Forum, December.

2020   Randall, J., S. Bonnin, A. Robbins, S. Laureano, Y, Xu.  Factors influencing jury instruction comprehension: New insights from working memory   33rd Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, March. 

2018   Randall, J.,  A. MacNeal, H. Emerson, K. Fiallo, S. Laureano & Y. Xu.  How Just is Justice?  Ask a Psycholinguist.  Lynschrift18, an Homage to UMass Linguist Lyn Frazier.  Amherst, MA.

2018   Randall, J. , A. MacNeal, Y. Xu, H. Emerson & K. Fiallo.  Jargon and Justice:  Using Linguistics to Improve Legal Language.   Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting.  Salt Lake City.  January. 

2018   Randall, J., S.  Laureano, M. Monjarrez, K. Fiallo, A. MacNeal, Y. Xu, S. Jones, A. Isaacs, B. Rubin, A. Jones, R. Smith, & F. Reis.  Law, meet Linguistics.  Showcase: Expanding the Reach of Linguistics: Collaborations with Other Disciplines and Beyond.  Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting.  Salt Lake City.  January.

2017   Randall, J., Y. Xu, K. Fiallo, H. Emerson & A. MacNeal.  Improving Jury Instructions: The Effect of Linguistic and Procedural Factors.  American Psychology-Law Society Annual Meeting.  Seattle.  March.

2017   Randall, J., A. MacNeal, H. Emerson, K. Fiallo, S. Laureano & Y. Xu.  Beyond undergraduates: Strengthening psycholinguistic studies – and their impact – using MTurk.  Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting,  Austin. January.  

2016   Randall, J., Y. Xu, K. Fiallo, A. MacNeal, H. Emerson, & S. Laureano .  “The preponderance of the WHAT?”:  Factors in the comprehension of jury instructions.   Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society.  Boston.

2016   Randall, J., H.  Emerson, A. Dore, J. Tan, A. MacNeal, Y. Xu, K. Fiallo, & A. McPherson. Reading along helps: an MTurk study on jury instruction comprehension.   Research, Innovation and Scholarship Expo (RISE) 2016, Northeastern U, Boston, April.

2015   Randall, J. & K. Fiallo.  Improving juror comprehension: reading while listening.  American Society of Trial Consultants Annual Conference.  Nashville.  May.

2015   Randall, J., L. Graf & N. Clarke.  Improving juror comprehension: reading while listening.  Linguistic Society of America annual meeting.  Portland, Oregon.  January.

2014   Randall, J. & L. Graf. Linguistics meets "legalese":  syntax, semantics, and jury instruction reform.  Linguistic Society of America annual meeting.  Minneapolis.  January.

2021    Randall, J., J. Cherry & A. Montag.  Collaborations in the Courthouse: Making Legal Language Accessible.  Linguistics at the Crossroads of Sciences: Disciplinary Break–Up & Interdisciplinary Dialogue, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh, Morocco, March.  [virtual presentation - covid].

2019   Randall, J., L. Butz, A. MacNeal, R. Smith, S. Bonnin, R. Semple, J. Cherry, Y. Xu, S. Laureano, M. Snelson.  Legalese, meet linguistics. International Association of Forensic Linguistics Conference, Melbourne, Australia.  July.

2019   Randall, J.  In pursuit of comprehension:  Law, meet Linguistics.  Workshop for new judges, Flaschner Judicial Institute, Boston. (Organized by Justice Douglas Wilkins.)  The Flaschner Judicial Institute provides educational/ professional development programming for judges.  May.

2019   Randall, J.  The Linguistics & Law Lab: a collaborative research space.  The Civil Jury Project Roundtable for Academic Advisors,  NYU Law School, April.

2018   Randall, J“Just” Language:  Linguistics & Law 101.  A 2-hour workshop.  Department of  Linguistics & Translation, City University of Hong Kong.  August.

2017   Randall, J., Y. Xu, K. Fiallo, H. Emerson & A. MacNeal.  Improving Jury Instructions: The Effect of Linguistic and Procedural Factors.  American Psychology-Law Society Annual Meeting.  Seattle.  March.

2017   Randall, J.  The preponderance of the WHAT?  Legalese, meet Linguistics.  The Syntax of Justice: Law, Language, Access & Exclusion Conference.  Northeastern U. School of Law,  Boston.  March.

2013   Randall, J.  Plain English Jury Instructions for Massachusetts:  first stepsLinguistic Society of America Annual meeting.  Boston.  January.