LINGUIST List 24.5303

Wed Dec 18 2013

Calls: Forensic Linguistics/Tunisia

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <>

Date: 17-Dec-2013
From: Takoua Becha <>
Subject: Forensic Linguistics: Foundations and Future Avenues
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Full Title: Forensic Linguistics: Foundations and Future Avenues Short Title: FLFFA 2014
Date: 29-Apr-2014 - 30-Apr-2014 Location: Sfax, Tunisia Contact Person: Takoua Becha
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:
Linguistic Field(s): Forensic Linguistics

Call Deadline: 14-Feb-2014

Meeting Description:

'Forensic Linguistics: Foundations and Future Avenues' is a two-day International Conference on Forensic Linguistics/Language and the Law. It is hosted by the English Department at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities of Sfax, the Approaches to Discourse Laboratory, and the Research Unit in Obligations and Arbitration at the Faculty of Law, Sfax-Tunisia. The conference will take place on 29-30 April 2014. It aims to provide a forum for discussing the foundations of Forensic Linguistics and its future avenues in a dominantly Arabic environment.

Confirmed Plenary Speaker(s):

Professor Malcolm Coulthard (Aston University, United Kingdom)

Call for Papers:

Forensic Linguistics: Foundations and Future Avenues (FLFFA 2014)

The symbiotic relationship between language and law is grounded both in the nature of language as a manipulative instrument of communication and the undeclared function of law as susceptible to incursive interpretive endeavours by experts. Discourse analysts, semioticians, conversational analysts, philosophers of language, and forensic linguists have repeatedly demonstrated through empirical evidence that the apparent regularity of the linguistic code as embodied by syntax, phonology, formal semantics, etc. lodges an underlying facet allowing its users to benefit from a huge area of manoeuvre which resists codification, measurability, and predictability. This subversive nature of the linguistic code has been amazingly echoed in the body of legal texts governing human societies across ages. The classic debate in the Greek and Roman traditions over the abusive orientation in deliberative uses of language in courtrooms testifies to this manipulative potential in both codes: linguistic and jurisprudential.

This conference essentially aims at exploring the linkages between the linguistic code and the jurisprudential apparatus in terms of their shared potential for heuristic effort and manipulative uses. Certain ancillary objectives include: (a) examining the degree of theoretical autonomy in FL, (b) assessing the contribution of FL achievements in terms of their utility as external and auxiliary source of judicial truth, (c) discussing the universality of FL findings and the degree of culture-bound nature (e.g. to what extent does witness vulnerability manifest itself evenly across languages?). Raising such serious theoretical issues in the presence of a distinguished co-founder of forensic linguistics (Professor Malcolm Coulthard) will certainly assist both the participants and the attendees to gain new insights into FL theory and practice, without losing sight of the cross-cultural perspective.

The organizers, therefore, invite presentations from different analytical perspectives including, but not necessarily limited to, any of the following broad themes:

- Legal discourse/genres
- Investigative interviewing/interrogation
- Authorship attribution/plagiarism
- Courtroom interpreting and translation
- Language, politics, and law
- Deception and fraud- Criminal profiling
- Forensic phonetics
- Message distortion due to channel shift (oral-written) in investigation- Forensic transcription
- Language syllabi for law students, etc.

Submissiom Details:

Online submissions are open now.

Abstracts in English, Arabic, or French (maximum 300 words) should be submitted electronically via the following EasyChair submission link:

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 14 February 2014Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2013

For your queries about submission procedures and deadlines, please visit our website:

Contact email: Ms Takoua Becha via

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