Research

Publications

2019  Randall, J.  How Just is Justice? Ask a Psycholinguist.  In Grammatical Approaches to Language Processing – Essays in Honor of Lyn Frazier.  Carlson, K.  C. Clifton, Jr., &  J.D. Fodor (eds.) Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics, Springer, NY, 275-308.

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.  LSA Annual Meeting Extended Abstracts, 1–5. Online: https://dx.doi.org/10.3765/exabs.

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.

Selected Presentations    [Slideshows are available by request]

2018   Randall, J.,  A. MacNeal, H. Emerson, K. Fiallo, S. Laureano & Y. Xu  How Just is Justice? Ask a Psycholinguist.   [Poster]  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.   [Poster]  Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City.

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

2017   Randall, J.  One Talk: Three Ways.  Boston U. Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.

2017   Randall, J.  The preponderance of the WHAT?  Legalese, meet Linguistics.  The Syntax of Justice Conference.  Northeastern U. School of Law,  Boston.

2017   Fiallo, K.,  A. Jones,  Y. Xu,  A. MacNeal, M. Monjarrez,  R. Smith,  F. Reis, & J. Cherry  “Sounding” Black: Legal Implications of Linguistic Profiling.  The Syntax of Justice Conference.  Northeastern U. School of Law,  Boston.

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.  [Poster]   Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society.  Boston.

2016   Randall, J.  Research: 3 Ways.    Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

2015   Randall, J. & K. Fiallo  “What was that again?”  Getting your message across to jurors: What does linguistics tell us?   American Society of Trial Consultants Annual Conference.  Nashville.

2015   Randall, J., L. Graf & N. Clarke  Improving juror comprehension: reading while listening.  Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting Portland, OR.

2014   Randall, J., L. Graf, B. Kim, A. McPherson, L. Nguyen, E. Steyngrob & T. Zhang  Psycholinguistics meets “legalese”: Improving courtroom verdicts in Massachusetts.  Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis.

2014   Randall, J.  “What was that again?”: instructing a jury in plain English.  Flaschner Judicial Institute, Boston, MA.

2013   Randall, J.  Plain English Jury Instructions for Massachusetts: First Steps.   Forensic Linguistics Session, Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston.