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2nd Call for Papers: 4th European Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics – Porto, Portugal, July 18-21, 2022

2nd Call for Papers – deadline: 12 March 2022

The University of Porto, in Portugal, will host the 4th European Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics (IAFLL) on the theme of ‘Rigour and Transparency in Forensic Linguistics’. The conference, which is organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, aims to engage the participants in the debate of rigour and transparency in Forensic Linguistics, and will be held from 18 to 21 July 2022.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Abstract submissions are invited for INDIVIDUAL PAPERS, POSTERS and COLLOQUIA, in English or in Portuguese. All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference.

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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 (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iafllporto2022) by 12 March 2022. Please do not include your name, affiliation and email address in the abstract itself.  Acceptance of proposals may be limited to one paper per presenter if more than one proposal is submitted by the same author(s). Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by 7 April 2022

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POSTERS: Proposals for posters of no more than 300 words, including references, should be sent via the submissions page (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iafllporto2022) by 12 March 2022. 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 31 March 2022. Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by 7 April 2022.

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Submissions are invited for work dealing with forensic linguistics / language and the law including, but not limited to:

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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

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Official language: The official language of the conference is English. However, there will be a special track in Portuguese. To participate in this special track, please submit your abstract in Portuguese.

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Venue: The conference will be held in Porto (Portugal), at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. The Organising Committee is planning a live event so at this moment online attendance is not planned.

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COVID-19: The Conference, considering the state of the pandemic in Portugal at the moment, will be hosted live. No hybrid/online alternatives are planned at this stage, so only live attendance will be allowed. We may need to limit the number of participants if the context of the pandemic so requires.

Keynote speakers will be announced soon.

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Contact: All questions about submissions should be emailed to forensic.linguistics@letras.up.pt.

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16th Biennial IAFLL conference to be hosted by the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines in 2023

The IAFLL Executive Committee has voted unanimously for the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines to host the 16th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics.

The conference will take place between 4 – 6 July 2023. The conference is being planned as an in-person event. However, the hosts are preparing an alternative online/hybrid version of the conference in parallel, should the global circumstances at the time prevent a (fully) in person meeting. More information regarding theme, Call for Papers, registration, travel and accommodation arrangements will be published in due course.

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On behalf of the IAFLL Executive Committee

David Wright, Communications Officer

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IAFLL News Briefing – December 2021

This news briefing is the first since a very busy few months of change for our Association, including the election of a new Executive Committee. We are now led by the new President of the association Isabel Picornell. The elections also saw Jennifer Glougie become Vice-President, Nicci MacLeod become Secretary, Sheila Queralt become Treasurer and David Wright become Communications Officer. These officers are joined on the committee by Members at Large Marilu Madrunio, Andrea Nini and Dana Roemling. The new Executive Committee would like thank Janet Ainsworth as outgoing President (and now non-voting member of the committee) and the rest of the team for their tireless work for the association and the forensic linguistic community more widely, and for leaving the incoming committee in an excellent position going forwards.

In September the membership voted on two important issues. First, a vote passed on changing the name of the association to the ‘International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics’ (IAFLL). Also, the membership voted to update the IAFLL Constitution for the first time since 2005. These votes ushered in a new era for balloting the membership of our association. It was the first time in the history of the association that all members from across the world were able to vote online without having to attend the IAFLL biennial conference. We are thankful to the previous Executive Committee for setting up the infrastructure to facilitate this, and we are delighted with such a high turnout on votes across all issues.

September also saw the 15th Biennial Conference of the IAFLL organised and hosted online by the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL) at Aston University. The organising team at Aston deserve high praise for pivoting the conference to an online platform from what was originally planned as a face-to-face event. The conference was a huge success, with over 110 talks by speakers from some 26 countries worldwide. The event saw the unveiling of the Aston Institute’s Forensic Linguistic Databank (FoLD), which is sure to be an important development for the discipline. At the same time, Tim Grant and Tammy Gales announced their Cambridge University Press book series Elements in Forensic Linguistics which provides a new dedicated outlet for the publication of forensic linguistic work.

Continuing with the theme of conferences, the University of Porto have recently announced their first Call for Papers for the 2022 Conference of the IAFLL on the theme of ‘Rigour and Transparency in Forensic Linguistics’. Meanwhile, one of the first jobs for the new Executive Committee was to publish a Call for Bids to host the 2023 and 2025 biennial IAFLL conferences. The deadline for proposals was on 1 December and the committee are now evaluating the bids they have received.

To end, we would like to thank all of our members for all of their dedicated and committed hard work in teaching, researching and practising forensic linguistics over 2021, in what proved to be a period of continued challenge, uncertainty and change. We send all of our best wishes to our members for what is left of 2021 and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

On behalf of the IAFLL Executive Committee

David Wright, Communications Officer

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Call for papers: 2022 Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics – Porto, Portugal, July 18-21, 2022

Call for Papers: IAFLL Porto 2022

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2022 Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics. On the theme of ‘Rigour and Transparency in Forensic Linguistics’

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The University of Porto, in Portugal, will host the 2022 Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics (IAFLL) on the theme of ‘Rigour and Transparency in Forensic Linguistics’. The conference, which is organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, aims to engage the participants in the debate of rigour and transparency in Forensic Linguistics, and will be held from 18 to 21 July 2022.

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Submission Guidelines
Abstract submissions are invited for INDIVIDUAL PAPERS, POSTERS and COLLOQUIA, in English or in Portuguese. All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference.

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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 (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iafllporto2022) by 15 December 2021 (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 15 January 2022. Acceptance of proposals may be limited to one paper per presenter if more than one proposal is submitted by the same author(s).

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POSTERS: Proposals for posters of no more than 300 words, including references, should be sent via the submissions page (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iafllporto2022) by 28 February 2022. 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 31 March 2022.

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Submissions are invited for work dealing with forensic linguistics / language and the law including, but not limited to:

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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

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Official language: The official language of the 2022 Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics on the theme of Rigour and Transparency in Forensic Linguistics is English. However, there will be a special track in Portuguese. To participate in this special track, please submit your abstract in Portuguese.

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Venue: The conference will be held in Porto (Portugal), at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. The Organising Committee is planning a live event so at this moment online attendance is not planned.

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COVID-19: The 2022 Conference, considering the state of the pandemic in Portugal at the moment, will be hosted live. No hybrid/online alternatives are planned at this stage, so only live attendance will be allowed. We may need to limit the number of participants if the context of the pandemic so requires.

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Contact: All questions about submissions should be emailed to forensic.linguistics@letras.up.pt.

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Call for Bids: Biennial Conferences in 2023 & 2025

Call for Bids: Biennial Conferences in 2023 & 2025

The IAFLL Executive Committee solicits proposals from members who wish to host the next biennial conference in 2023. We are also seeking preliminary proposals or inquiries about the 2025 meeting from members who may be keen to host but will not be ready for 2023. Proposals should be emailed by 1st December 2021 to Isabel Picornell (President@iafl.org) and Nicci MacLeod (Secretary@iafl.org). Inquiries meanwhile are welcome. Please ensure that proposals address all of the points identified below:

1. Location: Where will the meeting be held and at what kind of site? Ideally, the conference would take place on a university campus, but hotel-based proposals will also be considered. Attractiveness of the location (what to see and do in the area) is a bonus but not a key factor.

2. Accessibility: How difficult is it for overseas delegates to obtain visas to visit the host country? How far is the location from a well-serviced international airport? How will members reach the meeting location? How far is the conference venue from the town centre? What provisions will be made for delegates with disabilities? Do all the key conference venues have wheelchair access?

3. Accommodation: Where will members stay during the meeting and how much will it cost? How far from the conference venue are the accommodations and how will delegates travel conveniently from the accommodation to the venue? What is the local geography like for the conference facilities themselves? We are particularly keen to understand distances between accommodation and conference facilities and also whether plenary sessions will be held close to or in the same building as parallel sessions. IAFLL would prefer a low-cost university accommodation to be available for the majority of delegates needing accommodation, but with an option of staying in a nearby hotel for those who prefer. If campus accommodation is not available, what facilities are conveniently located near the designated hotels?

4. Fees: What do you anticipate that the fee will be for IAFLL members and non-members? Please note that the gap between the member and non-member registration fees must be at least as much as one year’s membership (applying the student rate as appropriate)? Fee structures will typically include discount for members and for students and this needs to be budgeted. You should also make clear what will be covered and not covered? Will there be a combined fee plus university accommodation rate?

5. Organizing Team: Who will be responsible for organizing the meeting? What previous experience does the local committee have in organizing conferences? If they lack experience in organizing large events, what other experience of theirs will make success likely? How much of the organization can be contracted out (e.g. to university accommodation and catering services)?

6. Financial Support: Beyond the organizers, will there be additional support from an academic department, school, or faculty? Is there likely to be financial support from a university or government source? Will you be insured in one way or another against loss (e.g., by your department or university setting aside emergency funds for this purpose)? What do you intend to do with any profit made?

7. Facilities: What kinds of facilities are available both in the conference rooms and more generally on site? At a minimum, IAFLL would expect: a) sufficiently-sized and equipped rooms with adequate IT and AV equipment; b) an on-call IT team (including weekends) to sort out the inevitable computer and AV mishaps that occur; c) sufficient and adequate catering facilities; d) access to the Internet for delegates at the conference venue; translation facilities if papers will be accepted for presentation in languages other than English. What other facilities are available on campus, in the student residences or on site more generally? Are facilities fully accessible for any disabled member?

8. Dates: The preferred conference dates would fall during the first half of July. If you propose different dates, please address the extent to which delegates from various parts of the world will be able to attend during those dates. You will need, for example, to check on teaching term dates in the US, Europe and Australasia.

We look forward to receiving well-conceived and exciting proposals within the next few months.

On behalf of the IAFL EC
David Wright, Communications Officer

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Call for Book Chapter proposals

Language, Crime and Courts in Contemporary Africa and Beyond

Editors: Russell H. Kaschula, Monwabisi K. Ralarala (University of the Western Cape, South Africa) & Georgina Heydon (RMIT University, Australia) 

Book Series Title: Studies in Forensic Linguistics


Goal of the series 

The role of language in the legal process of establishing a just society cannot be over- emphasised, particularly in a multilingual and multicultural African context. By means of case studies, as well as through empirical research, the series therefore intends to explore issues of relevance in forensic linguistics and in language and the law. It also intends to discuss the various theoretical frameworks and methodological choices and their applicability in a variety of contexts, the benefits associated with these works, as well as the challenges that may be encountered. 

Scholars and researchers are invited to submit book chapter proposals for Volume III of the series ‘Language, Crime and Courts in Contemporary Africa and Beyond’ by 17th September 2021. In your submission of up to 1,000 words, explain your thesis and the relevance of your proposal to Volume III of the series. Your proposal should include a brief outline of your chapter (including your abstract, brief introduction, methodological and theoretical choices, as well as references). Your proposal submission should also include your name, title, institution, email address, phone number, and a brief bio (not more than 150 words).
Proposals of 1,000 words (in a WORD doc) should be submitted by 17th September 2021 and directed to: Ms Buhle Sondwana: forensicling@uwc.ac.za 

Schedule: 
September, Friday, 17th 2021 – Deadline for submission of book chapter proposals October,
Friday, 1st 2021 – Inform selected authors February,
Tuesday, 1st 2022 – Authors submit book chapters and review process begins 
May, Tuesday, 31st 2022 – Feedback on reviews and begin reworking 
June, Thursday, 30th 2022 – Submit reworked papers 
July, 31st 2022 – Submit manuscripts to AFRICAN SUN MeDIA for holistic review and final check 
September, 30th 2022 – revised manuscripts submitted to Production Editor 
Publication date: October 2022 

For more information, please contact Russell Kaschula , Monwabisi K. RalaralaGeorgina Heydon

2nd IAFL News Briefing

 

Welcome to the August news briefing of the IAFL – International Association of Forensic LinguistsIn this second issue, Janet Ainsworth, President of the IAFL, welcomes you to this briefing and announces a number of initiatives. Learn about what the IAFL Executive Committee has been up to!

The last few months have been busy. On 24th June, the IAFL Vice-President Isabel Picornell gave a talk titled ‘“Something odd is going on”: analysing the linguistics of faked contexts’ as part of the FL Seminar Series of the University of Porto. On 7th July the 2nd Roundtable on Practices and Standards in Forensic Authorship Analysis was held online at the University of Manchester. The event was recorded, so you will still be able to watch it if you missed it. 

As we mentioned in last month’s briefing, the meetings of the IAFL have always been an important part of our DNA, and while online events have kept us busy we all look forward to meeting in person. Until then, we have some exciting events coming up. 

The 15th Biennial Conference of the IAFL, which will be organised and hosted by the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL) at Aston University, will take place Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 September. Those presenting a paper should have registered by 30 July 2021, so that the organisers have the time to give presenters access to the dedicated website to upload their pre-recorded talk. Those who are not presenting a paper can register by 31 August 2021 here.

In last month’s briefing, we announced that the University of Porto will host the 4th European Conference of the IAFL – International Association of Forensic Linguists in July 2022. You can start planning and save the dates in your calendar: Monday 18 to Thursday 21 July. Let us take this opportunity to remind IAFL members that proposals for regional conferences can be submitted anytime for consideration by the Executive Committee. 

An important part of forensic linguistics work is access to data. Tammy Gales, our Secretary, in collaboration with Dakota Wing, has made an excellent contribution to the field by making more data available for research. Their website Forensic Linguistic Data and Resources, a site devoted to providing public access to hard-to-find, freely available data on topics related to forensic linguistics and language and the law, has just been relaunched. The revamped website provides links to an expanded range of individual data sources, with a new, more robust way to search each category, as well as to large collections of data on particular topics. We invite you to visit the website. 

Last month we announced the loss of one of our valued members, past President Ron Butters (2009-2011). This month we have more sad news, as we lost Bethany K. Dumas and John Olsson. The IAFL Executive Committee pays tribute to both forensic linguists: Janet Ainsworth, President of the IAFL, remembers Bethany, and Julia Kupper remembers John

Before you go (and, should you be in the Northern Hemisphere, probably have a well-deserved break), it is worth reminding all members that the IAFL will have an upcoming election and this will be the first time in the history of the Association that all members from across the world will be able to vote without having to attend the IAFL conference. Make sure that your membership is not overdue so that you can cast your vote. The names and profiles of the candidates to the new Executive Committee will be posted soon on the IAFL website. We will also have a vote on the revision of our Constitution. To read more about it, log in to the IAFL website and read the new Constitution proposal here

We hope you enjoy reading this briefing, the last one that will be emailed publicly to the FL List. Future briefings will be made available to members only, via email and on the IAFL members-only page

That’s all for now. Should that be the case, enjoy the Summer! 

On behalf of the IAFL EC
Rui Sousa-Silva, Publicity Officer

 

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2nd Roundtable on Practices and Standards in Forensic Authorship Analysis

The 2nd Roundtable on Practices and Standards in Forensic Authorship Analysis, which is supported by the International Association of Forensic Linguists, will be held online at the University of Manchester on the 7th of July 2021.

The event is aimed at moving the field of forensic authorship analysis towards standardisation in the practice by improving the dialogue between scholars with different approaches and from various disciplines. This event follows the 1st Roundtable, which was hosted in 2019 and can be watched at this Youtube address: https://youtu.be/ZUfxdLstIOc .

This year’s event will is taking place online via Zoom.

The timetable is below. All times in British Summer Time / GMT+1

9.00 – 9.45 Dr Shunichi Ishihara (Australian National University): “Estimating forensic likelihood ratios for linguistic text evidence with discrete models
9.45 – 10.15 Questions and roundtable discussion
10.15 – 10.25 Break
10.25 – 10.45 Dr Sheila Queralt (Laboratorio SQ – Lingüistas Forenses): “The challenge of measuring the impossible: Authorship attribution casework
10.45 – 11.00 Questions
11.00 – 11.20 Dr James Tompkinson (JP French Associates): “Understanding and expressing evidence in forensic speech science
11.20 – 11.35 Questions
11.35 – 12.00 Roundtable discussion
12.00 – 12.30 Lunch break
12.30 – 12.50 Dr Lynn Anthonissen (University of Tübingen): “Individuality in language: Patterns of variation and change in a network of early modern authors
12.50 – 1.05 Questions
1.05 – 1.50 Dr Maciej Eder (Polish Academy of Sciences/Pedagogical University of Kraków): “Reliability issues in authorship attribution studies
1.50 – 2.30 Questions and roundtable discussion
2.30 – 2.45 Wrap up and conclusions

The event is FREE to attend but participants need to register here. The 2nd Roundtable on Practices and Standards in Forensic Authorship Analysis will be recorded and uploaded on Youtube.    

For further information, please contact the organisers: Dr Andrea Nini (University of Manchester) and Dr David Wright (Nottingham Trent University)

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IAFL15: The 15th Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists

The 15th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) will be hosted by the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL), Aston University, Birmingham, UK from Monday 13th September to Wednesday 15th September 2021.

After careful consideration of the current circumstances and due to uncertainties surrounding travel to the UK, the organising committee have decided to hold the conference entirely online.

To avoid the inevitable internet connection problems, all presentations will need to be pre-recorded and uploaded onto the system provided by the organising committee. The pre-recorded talks will be played during the conference in parallel sessions and there will be opportunities for a live Q&A for each presenter. Alongside this traditional schedule format, presentations will be made available to the registered participants 48 hours in advance (subject to presenters’ permission) on a dedicated website to make sure participants from different time zones don’t miss out.

Instructions on how to prepare and upload the videos will be sent to the presenters by 5 July. 

Registration
Registration is already open and can be made here. There are two deadlines for registration:

a) Those presenting a paper must register by 30 July 2021. This will enable the organisers to give presenters access to the dedicated website so that they can upload their pre-recorded talk.

b) Those who are NOT presenting a paper can register by 31 August 2021.

Registration fees

  IAFL Members Non-members
Students £60 £100
Non-students £100 £180

IAFL membership can be purchased independently on the IAFL website here: https://www.iafl.org/join/

Why join the International Association of Forensic Linguists?
Members of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) join a community interested in all aspects of the investigation of language and the law. The Association organises international conferences and members are entitled to discounted rates at those conferences. Furthermore, all members receive, at no extra cost, copies of the International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law (IJSLL) and electronic access to all back issues of the Journal.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers
Prof. Janet Ainsworth, Seattle University, US
Dr Tammy Gales, Hofstra University, US
Dr Jennifer Glougie, Labour Relations Board, British Columbia, Canada
Prof. Christopher Hutton, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr Nicci MacLeod, Northumbria University, UK
Prof. Karen McAuliffe, University of Birmingham, UK
Dr Isabell Picornell, QED Ltd. and Aston University, UK

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IAFL15 UPDATE: The 15th Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists: Entirely Online

 

After careful consideration of the current circumstances and due to uncertainties surrounding traveling to the UK, the Organising Committee of the 15th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) have decided to run the conference entirely online. More information will be provided nearer the time.

The 15th Biennial Conference of the IAFL will be hosted by the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL), Aston University, Birmingham, UK from Monday 13th to Thursday 16th September 2021.

The decisions on the selection of abstracts will be released by 30th April 2021.

For further information on the conference, including submission guidelines, fees, travel and accommodation information, please visit the conference website.