President's message

Posted on the 25th June 2015 in the category Articles

IAFL President Prof. Ed Finegan has written a message to IAFL members providing information on the upcoming election of Executive Committee members. The letter can be accessed by following the link below.

IAFL President's message

Travel awards announced

Posted on the 3rd February 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 December 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:
Contact email:

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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