LINGUIST List 25.4840

Mon Dec 01 2014

Calls: Forensic Linguistics/China

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 01-Dec-2014
From: Edward Finegan <>
Subject: 12th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists
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Full Title: 12th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists
Short Title: IAFL12

Date: 06-Jul-2015 - 09-Jul-2015
Location: Guangzhou, China
Contact Person: Richard Yuan
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Forensic Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Dec-2014

Meeting Description:

The International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL), to be hosted by Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), Guangzhou, China from 6-9 July 2015, offers a forum for presentations on all aspects of forensic linguistics and language and law. Three travel awards for postgraduate students are available.

Plenary Speakers:

John Gibbons, Malcolm Coulthard, Janet Ainsworth, Tim Grant, Ed Finegan, Du Jinbang

Conference website:
Contact email:

Call for Papers:

The International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) and the Organizing Committee of IAFL12 warmly invite submissions for the 12th biennial conference. At the request of members, the deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 31 December 2014.

Travel Awards for Postgraduate Students: IAFL offers three travel awards for postgraduate students. Each award provides up to $1000 in support of travel and the waiving of registration fees. Information about the awards and the application process can be found under “Scholarships” at the conference website.

The conference offers a forum for presentations on all aspects of forensic linguistics and language and law, including but not limited to the following:

Language and the Legal Process:

- Interviews with vulnerable witnesses in the legal system
- Communicative challenges of vulnerable witnesses
- Investigative interviewing
- Language testing of asylum seekers
- Police interviews and police language
- Pragmatics of police interrogations
- Bilingual courtrooms and second language issues within the legal system
- Courtroom interpreting and translating
- Courtroom interaction
- Language addressed to judge and jury in common law courtrooms

Language as Evidence:

- Authorship analysis, attribution and plagiarism
- Forensic phonetics
- Forensic speaker identification and voice comparison
- Deception and fraud
- Forensic stylistics
- Prison language
- Forensic transcription
- Trademark disputes
- Consumer product warnings

Language, Crime and Law:

- The language of legislation
- Comprehensibility, analysis, and interpretation of legal texts
- Language and disadvantage before the law
- Language minorities and the legal system
- Language rights
- Legal discourse and legal genres
- Multilingual matters in legal contexts
- Discourse analysis of legal resources
- History of legal languages

Research and Teaching:

- Research into the practice, improvement, and ethics of expert testimony
- Presentation of linguistic evidence; the linguist as expert witness
- Legal interpreting and translation
- The teaching/testing of forensic linguistics/language and law
- Language education for law professionals

Computational Applications of Forensic Linguistics:

- Computer corpora of statements, confessions, suicide notes, police
- Computational author identification or profiling
- Multimodal approaches to forensic linguistics

Individual papers are invited for presentations of 20 minutes, with a further 10 minutes allowed for questions and answers. Posters are invited for presentation during the poster session. Posters should be of A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) in portrait orientation. To submit an abstract for an individual paper or poster, please visit “Online Submission” at the conference website. Colloquia, scheduled for 2-hour blocks, with a maximum of two linked sessions. Colloquium organisers should allocate time for presentations, discussion and audience response. Organisers serve as the liaison between participants and conference organisers. Proposals should be 300-350 words long, with an indication of participants and a brief description of their contribution.

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