LINGUIST List 25.3024

Wed Jul 23 2014

Calls: Forensic Linguistics/Italy

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 23-Jul-2014
From: Laura Mariottini <>
Subject: Theories, Practices and Instruments of Forensic Linguistics
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Full Title: Theories, Practices and Instruments of Forensic Linguistics

Date: 01-Dec-2014 - 03-Dec-2014
Location: Rome, Italy
Contact Person: Laura Mariottini
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Forensic Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Aug-2014

Meeting Description:

Participation: physical and virtual attendance

Languages of the conference: Italian, Spanish, English


The conference entitled “Theories, practices and instruments of forensic linguistics”, organized by the Sapienza University of Rome and the University of Roma Tre within the cycle of seminars on Languages, Institutions and Society, focuses on the discourses of the legal and judicial institutional contexts, with particular attention to the interactional exchanges at various levels and fields of justice.
The objective of the event is to present, analyze and discuss the data in order to build theoretical, practical and methodological frameworks for single and comparative analysis of corpora of oral interactions in courtrooms.

This objective is essential to broaden and deepen the research and the teaching of oral languages for specific purposes in a context -the judicial one- where the state of the art still displays a focus on the written dimension, in which texts and documents are examined by textual, lexical, terminological and genre analysis perspectives.

The first day of the congress will be in presence modality at the University Roma Tre. It will consist of two plenary lectures (speakers to be confirmed) and a round table on the transcription of wiretapping and environmental intercepts, coordinated by Franca Orletti. First day activities will be videotaped and included in the conference website for all participants.

Participation at the second and third day of the conference will be virtual. Please note that online participation requires the author to record the intervention in video format or in power point presentation with audio, according to the guidelines that will be announced together with the notification of acceptance. The organizers will arrange the videos in the web conference, where, during 2-3 December, will also be an open forum and a chat (or video chat) to ensure the debate on the presented contributions.

Call for Proposals:

The minor presence in the literature of studies and research that take into account both the oral dimension and the (inter)linguistic and (inter)cultural communication, gives us the opportunity to bring into focus specific aspects of forensic linguistics, such as:

- Courtroom interactions
- Rituals of judicial interaction
- Narration as evidence in testimonies
- The symbolic value of space
- The construction and use of corpora of judicial discourses
- Multilingualism and linguistic diversity in courtroom interactions
- Mediation in forensic contexts
- Wiretapping and environmental interceptions
- Transcription of wiretapping and environmental interceptions
- Career opportunities for forensic linguists

Proposals will be included in any of the areas mentioned above. They must contain proposer’s first and last name, institutional affiliation, email address and an abstract of maximum 500 words that includes: the objectives of the research, the data, the methodology used, the results, and an essential bibliography.

The deadline for submission is fixed to 30 August 2014, and acceptance will be notified by 15 September 2014.

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