Author: Rui Sousa-Silva


15th IAFL Biennial Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 15th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists will be hosted by the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL) at Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

The conference is scheduled to be held Monday-Thursday, 5-8 July, 2021, with an optional cultural visit on Friday, 9 July.

More information on the conference theme, call for papers, cultural event, and travel arrangements will be forthcoming from the Conference organizers. We look forwarding to seeing everyone at Aston University for our 15th biennial conference!

4th European Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists on the theme of “Consolidating Forensic Linguistics”

The University of Porto, in Portugal, will host the 4th European Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists on the theme of Consolidating Forensic Linguistics. The conference, which is organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, aims to engage the participants in the debate of the consolidation of Forensic Linguistics, and will be held from 15 to 17 October 2020.

1st Call for Papers: Call deadline: 31 March 2020.

A second call for papers will be issued in February 2020 with a deadline of April 2020. We recommend that those who need to apply for a Visa or for funding should submit their proposals during the first call so as to receive an early confirmation of acceptance, although authors who submit abstracts during the second call for papers will not be disadvantaged in any way.

We invite abstract submissions for INDIVIDUAL PAPERS, POSTERS and COLLOQUIA, in English or in Portuguese, dealing with forensic linguistics / language and the law including, but 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
– The linguist as expert witness

Linguistic evidence and investigative linguistics:
– Forensic phonetics and speaker identification
– Forensic stylistics
– Linguistic determination of nationality
– Authorship analysis
– Plagiarism
– 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

INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Individual papers are invited for presentations of 20 minutes, with a further 10 minutes for questions. Abstracts of no more than 300 words, including references, should be sent via the submissions page ( by 31 March 2020 (to be considered in the first call). Please do not include your name, affiliation and email address in the abstract itself. Notifications of acceptance of the first call for papers will be communicated by 30 April 2020. Acceptance of proposals may be limited to one paper per presenter if more than one proposal is submitted by the same author(s).

POSTERS: Proposals for posters of no more than 300 words, including references, should be sent via the submissions page ( by 31 March 2020. Posters, which will be on display during the conference, should be of A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) in portrait orientation. Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by 30 April 2020.

COLLOQUIA: Proposals are invited for colloquia on particular topics related to forensic linguistics/language and the law. Each colloquium should include several independent papers and a joint discussion. Although 15 minutes per paper is recommended, with 5 minutes per paper for discussion, the colloquium organiser(s) will decide on the allocation of this time between the introduction, the individual paper presentations and the discussion. Colloquia proposals should be submitted by the colloquia organiser(s) by 31 March 2020 and include an abstract of no more than 750 words describing the overall colloquium, the names of the individual contributors and the titles of the presentations, as well as the name of the discussant and the language of the colloquium (English or Portuguese). Submitted proposals should also indicate the expected duration of the colloquium (1, 1.5 or 2 hours). Upon notification of acceptance, the colloquium organiser(s) will be asked to submit all individual abstracts (of no more than 300 words) by the end of June 2020 to be included in the conference programme. To submit a colloquium proposal, contact the conference directly at forensic.linguistics[at]

Official language: The official language of the 4th European Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists on the theme of Consolidating Forensic Linguistics is English, with the exception of the special track (in Portuguese).

Organized by: University of Porto, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Contact: forensic.linguistics[at]letras.​

Forensic Linguistics Panel at CADAAD 2020

Abstract submissions are invited for a panel on forensic linguistics that Dr David Wright is proposing for the 8th Conference for Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines (CADAAD) which will take place from 7-9 July 2020 and will be hosted by the University of Huddersfield, UK. The panel is entitled ‘Critical approaches to discourse in forensic contexts’.

The aim of the panel is to bring together papers which apply theories and approaches from within Critical Discourse Analysis to discourse in forensic or legal contexts. The call is broad and welcomes abstracts that deal with any critical analysis of relevant discourse types. This might include, but is not limited to:

  • Critical discourse analysis of written legal genres
  • Critical discourse analysis of spoken genres in the legal process
  • Critical discourse analysis of evidential or criminal texts
  • Critical discourse analysis of ‘non-forensic’ and texts and genres which have relevance to the delivery of justice
  • Critical discourse analysis of other institutional discourses as they pertain to law and crime (e.g. media, political and educational discourses)
  • The critical analysis of legal translation and legal interpreting
  • The analysis of abusive, harassing and threatening online and offline discourses
  • The analysis of hate speech

The theme of this year’s CADAAD conference is ‘Reconciling rigour and context in CDA’, with a specific focus on the steps that are taken to get from data to results.

All papers will be allocated 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions. The language of the conference is English.

Interested authors should send an abstract of up to 350 words (excluding references) to The deadline has been extended to Sunday 8th December 2019.

Once the abstracts have been submitted, seven abstracts will be selected for the panel such that the panel has a clear and coherent theme or thread. Once submitted to the conference organisers, all proposals are peer-reviewed and ‘abstracts that form part of a panel proposal will be reviewed individually’.

This event is not organised/sponsored by the IAFL, so for further information please contact Dr David Wright.