2nd Southern African Regional Conference of the IAFL

Abstracts are invited for individual papers that engage with the conference theme, “Language and law in Africa: exploring linguistic challenges in legal practice”, which will take place on 2 to 3 April 2020 in Parys, South Africa.

Proposed papers may explore the theme from the following perspectives:

  • Language and the legal process (this includes courtroom, police and prison discourse; investigative interviewing; law officers and power relations; comprehensibility of legal documents; interviews with vulnerable witnesses in the legal system).
  • Linguistic evidence (this includes transcriptions; stylistics; phonetics and speaker identification; linguistic determination of nationality; authorship analysis; trademark disputes; consumer product warnings).
  • Interpreting and translating in legal contexts (this includes multilingual matters in legal contexts).
  • The language of the law (this includes language policy and language rights; defamation and hate speech).

The duration of papers is 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Kindly send abstracts of no more than 200 words, along with personal details, to Dr Terrence Carney (carnetr[at]unisa.ac.za).

Abstract deadline: 14 February 2020.

Papers presented at this conference will also be considered for the book, Language and the law: Global perspectives.

For more information on the venue, keynote speakers and registration information, please visit the conference website, which will be updated.