Forensic Linguistics Conference – Arizona State University

Call for proposals

The first Forensic Linguistics Conference at Arizona State University will be held on October 4&5, 2019, at the Tempe, Arizona, campus. The English department, which houses the Linguistics program, will host the conference.

Forensic linguistics is a broad field in which language meets the law. We invite attendance and participation by anyone with an interest in any area of forensic linguistics, including but not limited to legal language, legal processes, linguistic evidence, author/speaker identification, forensic stylistics, linguistic dialectology, forensic phonetics, trademark issues, authorship and plagiarism.


The keynote speaker is Professor Philip Gaines of Montana State University, whose areas of specialization in forensic linguistics include police interrogation, false confessions and trial attorney discourse. On Friday, the keynote speaker will give an interview and interrogation workshop. A workshop on authorship analysis will follow, to be given by ASU Prof. Elly van Gelderen.

Undergraduate and graduate students and professionals are invited to save the date to attend the conference and to submit a proposal to give an oral presentation at the conference.   


The conference will be held Friday, October 4, and Saturday, October 5, 2019. Two workshops will be held on Friday afternoon; conference presentations and keynote speaker are on Saturday.

The deadline for proposals is as follows:

  • Monday, August 15, 2019, by 11:59pm.


Proposals for conference presentations are welcome from professionals as well as graduate and undergraduate students.   

Presentation details:

  • Timeslots will be 30 minutes (25 minutes to present plus 5 minutes for question-and-answer).
  • Presentations will be given on Saturday, October 5.
  • Audio-visual equipment and Internet access is available for presentations.
  • The topic is flexible, as long as it belongs in the category of forensic linguistics. Miranda warnings, the police caution, jury instructions, 911 calls, trademark infringement, interview and interrogation issues, the speech of asylum-seekers, language dialects, ransom notes, stalker communications, suicide notes, threat texts, plagiarism – these are a few of the potential areas for presentations.


Proposals should include the following:

  • A title (20 words maximum)
  • A description of what the presentation will cover (200 words maximum)

Submit proposals via e-mail to PDFs are appreciated.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions: