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Confs: Linguistic Evidence for Forensic Purposes

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  1. mcnally, Linguistic Evidence for Forensic Purposes, Spain

Message 1: Linguistic Evidence for Forensic Purposes, Spain

Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 08:32:03 +0000
From: mcnally <>
Subject: Linguistic Evidence for Forensic Purposes, Spain

The Use of Linguistic Evidence for Forensic Purposes: Concepts,
Methods and Applications

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Date: 24-APR-03 - 25-APR-03
Meeting URL:
Contact Person: Ignasi Nogu�s
Meeting Email:
Linguistic Subfield(s): Forensic Linguistics

Meeting Description: 

The international workshop on 'The use of linguistic evidence for
forensic purposes: concepts, methods and applications' has been set up
to attain a two-fold aim:

a) to contribute to the discussion of forensic linguistic matters at
an international level, by bringing together some of the most
world-known forensic linguists with a long practice around the world,

b) in so doing, to help to launch forensic linguistics in Spain, where
some professional people have acted as experts, but their practice has
been very isolated.

Also, the launching of forensic linguistics has to be viewed in the
context of the stronger links to be established between academics and

Thursday, April 24 (9:00 - 9:30)
Opening session

SESSION I: Dimensions of the field of Forensic Linguistics 
(Thursday, April 24, 9:30 - 12:45)

9:30 -10:15
Roger Shuy, Georgetown University (Washington D.C.).
What Can Linguistics Say About Criminal Intent?

10:15 - 11:00
Janet Cotterill, Cardiff University. 
Linguistics Applied: exploring the analytical boundaries of Forensic

11:00 - 11:15 
Coffee break

11:15 - 12:00
Luis P�rez Gonz�lez, Universidad Europea de Madrid.
Perspectivas de desarrollo del peritaje ling��stico en Espa�a:
Condicionantes espec�ficos de un marco legal cambiante.

12:00 - 12:45
Enrique Alcar�z, Universitat d'Alacant.
Ling��stica y lenguaje forense. Teor�a y pr�ctica: an�lisis de tres
casos pr�cticos.


SESSION II: Speaker identification issues
(Thursday 24, 14:30 - 19:00)

14:30 - 15:15
Peter French, JPFrench Associates, York and University of Birmingham.
Uses of Forensic Speech Analysis Evidence in Criminal Investigations and

15:15 - 16:00
Carlos Delgado Romero, Polic�a Cient�fica de Madrid.
La Ling��stica en las t�cnicas de investigaci�n forense del habla.

16:00 - 16:15
Coffee break

16:15 - 17:00
Joaqu�n Gonz�lez-Rodr�guez, Universidad Polit�cnica de Madrid.
Forensic Analysis of Speech Evidences Under the Bayesian Approach with
Automatic Speaker Recognition Systems.

17:00 - 17:45
Dolors Poch, Universitat Aut�noma de Barcelona & Bernard Harmegnies,
Universit� de Mons-Hainaut.
La fon�tica forense ante la variabilidad del habla.

17:45 - 19:00
Round-table on Forensic Phonetics: Present practice and future

SESSION III: Forensic Linguistics and the courts
 (Friday, April 25, 9:00 - 12:30)

9:00 - 9:45
Lawrence Solan, Brooklyn Law School (New York).
Forensic Linguistics in American Courts.

9:45 - 10:30
Peter Tiersma, Loyola Law School (Los Angeles)
Linguistic Experts on Meaning and Interpretation in American Courts.

10:30 - 10:45
Coffee break

10:45 - 11:30
Pablo Salvador, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and GRETEL, & M.Teresa
Casti�ira, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and GRETEL.
Programa b�sico de t�cnica legislativa.

11:30 - 12:15
M. �ngeles Orts, Universidad de Murcia.
The room for complexity in contractual texts. Analysis of two legal


SESSION III: Continued.
(14:00 - 15:45)

14:00 - 14:45 
John Gibbons, Hong Kong Baptist University.
Control of information and control of the interviewee in questioning in
legal contexts.

14:45 - 15:30
Sandra Hale, University of Western Sydney.
The impact of the interpreter on the evaluation of witness character in
the adversarial system.

15:30 - 15:45
Coffee break

SESSION IV: Authorship identification issues 
(Friday 25, 15:45 - 19:00)

15:45 - 16:30
David Woolls, CFL Software Development (Odiham, Hook, Hampshire).
Saying the same things differently; saying different things the same
way. Rapid diagnosis and detailed investigation of academic malpractice
using electronic tools.

16:30 - 17:15
M. Teresa Turell, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
How can qualitative evidence be backed up by quantitative evidence in
cases of plagiarism in literary translation?

17:15 - 18:00
Malcolm Coulthard, The University of Birmingham.
On the use of linguistic evidence for forensic purposes: concepts,
applications and methodology in cases of disputed authorship.

18:00 - 19:00 
Round table on Forensic Linguistics and the judicial system. 

Gala dinner			
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