LINGUIST List 25.2182

Sat May 17 2014

Calls: Forensic Linguistics/Tunisia

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 16-May-2014
From: Takoua Becha <>
Subject: Regional Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguistics IAFL 2014
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Full Title: Regional Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguistics IAFL 2014
Short Title: FLFFA 2014

Date: 12-Dec-2014 - 14-Dec-2014
Location: Sfax, Tunisia
Contact Person: Takoua Becha
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Forensic Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-May-2014

Meeting Description:

The theme of the conference is 'Forensic Linguistics/Language and the Law: Foundations and Future Avenues'. FLFFA 2014 is the first international conference on Forensic Linguistics/ language and the law to be co-sponsored by the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) in Africa and in
the Arab world. The conference is co-organized, under the aegis of the Doctoral School in Arts, Letters, and Humanities- University of Sfax, by:

The Laboratory on Approaches to Discourse, Faculty of Letters and Humanities &
The Research Unit in Obligations and Arbitration, Faculty of Law- University of Sfax---Tunisia.

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 whatextent does witness vulnerability manifest itself evenly
across languages?)

Invited Keynote Speakers:

Professor Edward Finegan—University of Southern California, USA
Professor Ronald Butters—Duke University, USA
Professor Malcolm Coulthard—Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Professor Janet Ainsworth—Seattle University, USA
Professor Mounir Triki—University of Sfax, Tunisia
Professor Fatima-Zahra Lamrani—University of Mohamed V, Rabat, Morocco

Other speakers will be announced once they have confirmed their participation.


The official languages of the conference are English, Arabic, and French.


The conference will be held at Golden Tulip Hotel ( The hotel is located in the heart of Sfax City. It’s a 5 minute walk from the railway of sfax and a 15 minute taxi/car ride from the Sfax-Thyna International Airport.

Accommodation and Transportation:

Follow this link: accommodation-transportation/

2nd Call for Papers:


- Legal discourse/genres
- Police interview/ interrogation
- Courtroom discourse
- Authorship attribution/ Plagiarism
- Courtroom interpreting and translation
- Forensic transcription
- Speaker identification
- Language, politics, ideology, and law
- Translation/Interpreting in legal settings
- Language syllabi for law students, etc.
- Trademarks/intellectual property
- Forensic phonetics
- Language as evidence/Expert witness

Analytical Approaches:

The organizers also encourage contributions from different perspectives including, but not necessarily limited to, any of the following broad analytical approaches:

- (Critical) Discourse analysis DA/CDA
- Conversation analysis
- Genre analysis
- Ethnography/Ethnomethodology
- Sociolinguistics
- Psycholinguistics
- Cognitive linguistics
- Neurolinguistics
- Pragmatics
- Syntactic and semantic approaches
- Semiotics and multimodal approaches to discourse analysis
- Corpus linguistics
- Discursive psychology
- Logic and argumentation, etc.

Abstract Submission:

We invite anonymous abstracts for both papers and posters of no longer than 300 words, (with a short list of relevant references) dealing with the aforementioned sub-themes or any related aspect of forensic linguistics/ language and the law. We also welcome proposals for workshops which will be allotted 90 minutes (abstracts should be within 600 words) and book exhibits.

Submission Link:

Abstracts and proposals should be submitted electronically no later than 31 May 2014 via the following EasyChair submission link: by

To find more details on submission guidelines and procedures, please follow this link:

Important Dates:

Deadline for abstract submissions: 31 May 2014
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 30 June 2014


Should you have any inquiries, please contact us at:

- Ms. Takoua Becha via

Page Updated: 17-May-2014