Update: 16th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics (IAFLL)

The 16th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics (IAFLL) will be hosted by the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Philippines. With the theme Forensic Linguistics: Strengthening Foundations, Rethinking Paradigms, and Navigating New Horizons, IAFLL 16 aims to engage the participants in the discussion on the groundwork, current trends and issues, and prospects in Forensic Linguistics and will be held on-site from July 4-6, 2023.

We are still welcoming proposals for individual papers and poster presentations dealing with forensic linguistics/language and the law until February 15, 2023. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Legal languages:

  • The history of legal languages
  • The role of literacy in legal languages
  • Legal genres
  • Critical approaches to legal languages
  • Language education for law professionals

Legal discourse:

  • Courtroom, police and prison discourse
  • Investigative interviewing
  • Multilingual matters in legal contexts
  • Power and the law
  • The comprehensibility of legal documents
  • Interviews with vulnerable witnesses in the legal system

Language minorities and the legal system:

  • Linguistic disadvantage before the law
  • Courtroom interpreting and translation
  • Human Rights matters

Law on language:

  • Language policy and linguistic rights
  • Offensive language and hate speech
  • The linguist as expert witness

Linguistic evidence and investigative linguistics:

  • Forensic phonetics and speaker identification
  • Forensic stylistics
  • Linguistic determination of nationality
  • Authorship analysis
  • Plagiarism detection and analysis
  • Trademark disputes
  • Consumer product warnings
  • Deception and fraud

Other Related Sub-Themes:

  • Computational forensic linguistics
  • Cybercrime
  • Online identities and interactive multimodal communication
  • Multimodal approaches to forensic linguistics
  • Intercultural mediation
  • Comparative law
  • Forensic communication
  • Ethics and deontology in Forensic Linguistics

Abstracts of no more than 500 words, including references, should be sent via https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iafll16 by February 15, 2023. Please note that there is no need to upload a full paper.

Website: https://www.ust.edu.ph/iafll16/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/iafll16?mibextid=LQQJ4d

Twitter: @iafll16

Venue: The conference will be held on-site at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Philippines.

Plenary speakers:

  • Prof. Tim Grant – UK
  • Dr. Isabel Picornell – UK
  • Dr. Jennifer Glougie – Canada
  • Prof. Natalie Schilling – USA
  • Dr. Richard Powell – Japan
  • Dr. Susanto – Indonesia

Themed Panel Presentations 

(First Day) Transdisciplinary Approach to Forensic Linguistics:

  • Linguistics, Law and Architecture: Dr. Marilu R. Madrunio (University of Santo Tomas, Manila, the Philippines)
  • Linguistics, Law and Data Science: Atty. Senando Angelo Santiago (University of the Philippines, Quezon City, the Philippines)
  • Linguistics, Law and Anthropology: Dr. Laura Smith-Khan (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
  • Moderator: Dr. Isabel P. Martin (Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, the Philippines)

(Second Day) Ethics and Ethical Conduct in Forensic Linguistics

  • Dr. Kate Haworth (Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom)
  • Dr. Sarah Atkins (Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom)
  • Moderator: Professor Tim Grant (Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom)

Any questions can be directed to the organising team at  iafll16.ab@ust.edu.ph