IAFL Biennial Conference 2017

Posted on the 25th Jan 2016 in the category Press Release

I am delighted to announce, on behalf of the executive committee of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, that University of Porto will host the Association’s 13th biennial conference. The conference will be held July 10-14 2017.

I look forward to working with the team from Porto, led by Rui Sousa Silva, and to seeing as many of you as possible at the event.


As president of IAFL

TV interview IAFL 12

Posted on the 13th Nov 2015 in the category Press Release

The 20 minute TV interview made by GDTV during the IAFL 12 conference is now online. The link is http://v.qq.com/boke/page/z/0/q/z0165gvmuyq.html

Call for Bids: Biennial Conference in 2017 and 2019

Posted on the 8th Oct 2015 in the category Press Release

The IAFL Executive Committee solicits proposals from members who wish to host the next biennial conference. We are particularly keen to receive proposals for the 2017 conference. We are also seeking preliminary proposals or inquiries about the 2019 meeting from members who may be keen to host but will not be ready for 2017. Proposals should be emailed by 15 December 2015 to Tim Grant T.D.Grant@aston.ac.uk and Georgina Heydon georgina.heydon@rmit.edu.au . Inquiries meanwhile are welcome. Please ensure that proposals address all of the points identified below:

1. Location Where will the meeting be held and at what kind of site? Ideally, the conference would take place on a university campus, but hotel-based proposals will also be considered. Attractiveness of the location (what to see and do in the area) is a bonus but not a key factor.

2. Accessibility How difficult is it for overseas delegates to obtain visas to visit the host country? How far is the location from a well-serviced international airport? How will members reach the meeting location? How far is the conference venue from the town center? What provisions will be made for delegates with disabilities? Do all the key conference venues have wheelchair access?

3. Accommodation Where will members stay during the meeting and how much will it cost? How far from the conference venue are the accommodations and how will delegates travel conveniently from the accommodation to the venue? What is the local geography like for the conference facilities themselves? We are particularly keen to understand distances between accommodation and conference facilities and also whether plenary sessions will be held close to or in the same building as parallel sessions. IAFL would prefer a low-cost university accommodation to be available for the majority of delegates needing accommodation, but with an option of staying in a nearby hotel for those who prefer. If campus accommodation is not available, what facilities are conveniently located near the designated hotels?

4. Fees What do you anticipate that the fee will be for IAFL members and non-members? Please note that the gap between the member and non-member registration fees must be at least as much as one year's membership (applying the student rate as appropriate)? Fee structures will typically include discount for members and for students and this needs to be budgeted. You should also make clear what will be covered and not covered? Will there be a combined fee plus university accommodation rate?

5. Organizing Team Who will be responsible for organizing the meeting? What previous experience does the local committee have in organizing conferences? If they lack experience in organizing large events, what other experience of theirs will make success likely? How much of the organization can be contracted out (e.g. to university accommodation and catering services)?

6. Financial Support Beyond the organizers, will there be additional support from an academic department, school, or faculty? Is there likely to be financial support from a university or government source? Will you be insured in one way or another against loss (e.g., by your department or university setting aside emergency funds for this purpose)? What do you intend to do with any profit made?

7. Facilities What kinds of facilities are available both in the conference rooms and more generally on site? At a minimum IAFL would expect: a) sufficiently-sized and equipped rooms with adequate IT and AV equipment; b) an on-call IT team (including weekends) to sort out the inevitable computer and AV mishaps that occur; c) sufficient and adequate catering facilities; d) access to the Internet for delegates at the conference venue; translation facilities if papers will be accepted for presentation in languages other than English. What other facilities are available on campus, in the student residences or on site more generally? Are facilities fully accessible for any disabled member?

8. Dates The preferred conference dates would fall during the first half of July. If you propose different dates, please address the extent to which delegates from various parts of the world will be able to attend during those dates. You will need, for example, to check on teaching term dates in the US, Europe and Australasia.

We look forward to receiving well conceived and exciting proposals within the next few months.

Travel awards announced

Posted on the 3rd Feb 2015 in the category Press Release

The IAFL awards committee, chaired by Professor Tim Grant, has selected three recipients of IAFL12 travel awards. The awards acknowledge the contributions by distinguished scholars to the understanding of forensic linguistics and language of the law and their promotion of the field. The Roger Shuy Award honours Professor Shuy for his contributions to forensic linguistic scholarship and his generous founding gift of a student travel award. The Malcolm Coulthard Award honours the IAFL founding president. The Teresa M. Turell Award honours the former president of the Association, and the selection process for this award gave preference to students from Spanish-speaking or Portuguese-speaking countries.

We are happy to announce that the Malcolm Coulthard Award has gone to Rachelle Ballesteros-Lintao from University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, and the Roger Shuy Award to Naouress Akrouti from Tunisia. The recipient of the Maria Teresa Turell Award is Sheila Queralt of Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.

The awards were available to postgraduate students whose paper had been accepted for presentation at the conference and who expressed the intention to present the paper in person. Preference was given to applicants who would otherwise find travel expenses to the conference prohibitive and provided evidence of the potential to contribute to the development and promotion of the discipline of forensic linguistics.

Congratulations to Rachelle, Naouress and Sheila!

IAFL12 Second Call for Papers

Posted on the 1st Dec 2014 in the category Press Release

International Association of Forensic Linguists


Deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 31 December 2014.

The International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) and the Organizing Committee of IAFL12 warmly invite submissions for the 12th biennial conference, to be hosted by Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), Guangzhou, China from 6 to 9 July 2015. At the request of members, the deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 31 December 2014.

Conference website: www.iafl12.org
Contact email: iafl12@gdufs.edu.cn

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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