The University of Porto
10th Jul 2017 – 14th Jul 2017
13th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists on the theme of New Challenges for Forensic Linguists
The University of Porto, in Portugal, will host the 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists on the theme of New Challenges for Forensic Linguists. The conference, which is organised jointly by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Law, aims to engage the participants in the debate of the new challenges for Forensic Linguists and Forensic Linguistics, and will be held from 10 to 14 July 2017.
We invite abstract submissions for PAPERS, POSTERS and COLLOQUIA, in English or in Portuguese, dealing with forensic linguistics / language and the law including, but not limited to:
The history of legal languages
The role of literacy in legal languages
Critical approaches to legal languages
Language education for law professionals
Courtroom, police and prison discourse
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 language rights
The linguist as expert witness
Linguistic evidence and investigative linguistics:
Forensic phonetics and speaker identification
Linguistic determination of nationality
Consumer product warnings
Deception and fraud
Other Related Sub-Themes:
Computational Forensic Linguistics
Online identities and interactive multimodal communication
Multimodal approaches to forensic linguistics
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 (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iaflporto2017) by 10 January 2017. 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 15 February 2017.
Proposals for posters of no more than 300 words, including references, should be sent via the submissions page (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iaflporto2017) by 10 January 2017. 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 15 February 2017.
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) 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. 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 March 2017 to be included in the conference programme.
The official language of the 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists on the theme of New Challenges for Forensic Linguists is English, with the exception of the special track (in Portuguese).
Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Faculty of Law, University of Porto
Rui Sousa-Silva (Chair), Belinda Maia (Honorary Chair), Rita Faria, Silvana Mota Ribeiro, Jorge Teixeira, Rui Effe, Joana Forbes, Milaydis Sosa