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Full Title: Language and the Law - Bridging the Gaps

Location: Florianópolis, Brazil
Start Date: 11-Dec-2013 - 13-Dec-2013
Contact: Rui Sousa-Silva
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Meeting Description: Language and the Law - Bridging the Gaps is the first International Conference to be jointly sponsored by ALIDI (the newly formed Association for Language and Law for Speakers of Portuguese) and the IAFL, (the International Association of Forensic Linguists). The official languages of the Conference will be English and Portuguese.

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The conference will be jointly hosted by PPGI (the Postgraduate Programme in English) and PGET (the Postgraduate Programme in Translation Studies), both of the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Florianopolis, Brazil. Most of the Conference will take place in the Centre for Communication and Expression on the main University campus, but we hope that there will be some sessions in a Court located on the perimeter of the Campus.

Keynote Speakers:

We are delighted to announce Professor Larry Solan of the Brooklyn Law School and Dr Ricardo Molina, Brazil’s most famous Forensic Phonetician as plenary speakers. Other speakers will be announced once they have confirmed their participation.

The Federal University of Santa Catarina, (UFSC):

The Federal University is ranked as the 5th best in South America. Not only does it not charge fees for students, but it actually offers generous maintenance bursaries to a significant number of postgraduate students. There is a campus map on the fourth page of the following website, and the Conference will be located in the CCE building which is just to the left of the centre of the map.


Florianopolis is an internationally recognised tourist destination and some participants may be tempted to stay on after the conference to experience Xmas on the beach. The airport, the city, the state government and the federal university are situated all on an island, evocatively called the ‘Island of Exile’, which is some 50km long by 25Km wide. The island has 42 beautiful beaches, all good for sunbathing and many for swimming and surfing. For some enticing pictures of the island log on to ‘Brazil’s Paradise Island’, and for a more detailed, sober description see

The island was first visited by Europeans shortly after Pedro Alvarez de Cabral ‘discovered’ Brazil and claimed it for Portugal in 1500 and it became a popular place for ships to stop and restock with food and water. Indeed one of the island’s most popular beaches is named Ingleses in memory of a supposed shipwreck of English pirates in the 17th century. However the rock carving from which we derived our e logo predates the arrival of the Portuguese by at least 1,000 years,

Travel to Florianopolis:

Florianopolis is some 50 minutes by air from Sao Paulo and some 75 minutes from Rio, which are the two main International airports, but people can also fly directly into other Brazilian cities: the capital, Brasilia, has stunning public buildings designed by the architect Niemeyer; Porto Alegre would be an entry point for people who decided to visit Argentina, Chile or Uruguay first, while some may prefer to enter the country in one of the northern beach resorts of Natal, Fortaleza, Recife and Salvador.

Florianopolis airport is a mere10km from both the City Centre and the University, so Conference delegates can reach both quickly by taxi. If there is a group arriving on the same flight Acoriana can arrange for a van to meet them.
Linguistic Subfield: Forensic Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.2093

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