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GSFL 2019 Graz, Austria

University of Graz, Austria, September 5-8, 2019

Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics

Devoted to the investigation and application of linguistic evidence for social justice.

http://germanicsocietyforensiclinguistics.org/roundtable/

In In keeping with the Society’s commitment to supporting FL/FP in Germanic-speaking nations, the GSFL will be holding its seventh annual conference in Austria.  Both the traditional Roundtable and the Emerging Scholars’ Day will be held from September 5-8 , 2019 in cooperation with the Department of English Studies at the University of Graz, AUSTRIA.  The onsite conference co-organizer is GSFL Executive Council Officer, Dr. Karoline Marko. We look forward to seeing you there!


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17th International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis

The 17th International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis (ISSFLA) will take place at Nottingham Trent University, UK between 9th – 13th September 2019.

Founded in 2000 by Professor Malcolm Coulthard, the ISSFLA addresses topics to do with the role, shape and evidential value of language in legal and forensic contexts. 

The Summer School addresses subjects within the broadly defined discipline of forensic linguistics, including the nature of legal language, forensic authorship analysis, linguistic copyright issues, plagiarism and its detection, and legal translation and interpreting.

We work with authentic language data and use real cases to illustrate theory and we opt for maximum participant involvement and encourage critical inquiry and debate.

The Summer School’s first edition took place at Anglia Polytechnic University and has been followed by editions in Birmingham and cities around the world including Barcelona, Kuala Lumpur, Lodz, Mainz, Manila and Porto. 2019 sees the seventeenth edition held at Nottingham Trent University.

This year’s tutors are:

•       Professor Malcolm Coulthard (ISSFLA Founder and Director of Studies)
•       Dr David Wright (host for Nottingham Trent University and Course Director)
•       Dr Krzysztof Kredens (Director of Studies)
•       Professor Tim Grant
•       Dr Nicci MacLeod
•       Dr Samuel Larner

Anyone with an interest in forensic linguistics is welcome, with no formal qualifications necessary. Past participants have come from a range of backgrounds, including: undergraduate and postgraduate students of linguistics and other disciplines, civil servants, police officers, translators, and crime fiction authors.

The summer school gives participants the unique opportunity to interact directly with those responsible for recent developments in the field of language and the law and forensic linguistics. 

For more information about the course and for details on how to book a place, please visit: https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/arts-humanities/short-courses/2018-19/international-summer-school-in-forensic-linguistic-analysis

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Nominations for the IAFL Executive Committee

The IAFL General Business Meeting (GBM) will be held during the IAFL 14th Biennial Conference in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019 1.30-2.30pm.

The IAFL  governing body is an Executive Committee consisting of seven members: the President, the Vice President, Secretary, Publicity Officer, Treasurer, and two Ordinary Members. Each officer serves for 2 years while Ordinary Members serve for 4 years.

Current members of the Executive Committee are:

  • President – Prof. Georgina Heydon (retiring, to become Immediate Past President)
  • Vice President – Prof. Janet Ainsworth (becomes President)
  • Secretary – Dr Isabel Picornell (retiring)
  • Publicity Officer – Dr Tammy Gales (retiring)
  • Treasurer – Dr Krzysztof Kredens (retiring)
  • Ordinary Members: Dr Jennifer Glougie (retiring), Dr Janny Leung (continuing)

The purpose of this notice is to invite nominations for the posts of: Vice-President, Secretary, Publicity Officer, Treasurer, and one Ordinary Member.

The IAFL Executive Committee is pleased to announce its nominations for the 2019-2021 Executive Committee:

  • Vice-President -Dr Isabel Picornell (QED Limited, Channel Islands)
  • Secretary – Dr Tammy Gales (Hofstra University, USA)
  • Publicity Officer – Dr Rui Sousa-Silva (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
  • Treasurer – Dr Ria Perkins (CFL, Aston University, UK)
  • Ordinary Member – Prof. Marilu Madrunio (University of Santo Tomas, Philippines)

The above candidates have been vetted and found to be eligible and willing to undertake the duties of their nominated positions.

In accordance with the Constitution, additional applications for any of the above executive positions are being accepted.

Please note:

  1. All nominations will be given equal consideration by the membership at the GBM.
  2. There is no pro-forma. Nominations should simply state clearly who is nominated. Self-nomination is permissible. The Constitution makes no stipulation as to seconding nominations.
  3. Nominations must be accompanied by a simple, brief, and factual CV and a statement outlining the nominee’s suitability for the post, to be read out at the GBM.
  4. Nominees need not be present at the GBM. If nominees are absent, their statement may be read out on their behalf.
  5. Nominees must be members in good standing of IAFL i.e. individual members of the IAFL.

Nominations may be emailed to the IAFL Secretary isabel(at)qedforensics(dot)com by 1st July 2019 or may be presented from the floor of the General Business Meeting on 3rd July 2019.

IAFL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ROLES & OBLIGATIONS

IAFL Secretary

  1. Association Matters
  • Ensure meetings are effectively organised and minuted.
  • Maintain effective records and administration.
  • Organise and manage the General Business Meeting (GBM) at Biennial conferences.
  1. Data Protection
  • Uphold legal Data Protection requirements. The IAFL Secretary will be the Data Processor for purposes of Data Protection regulation.
  1. Membership & Members
  • Maintain membership records in accordance with Data Protection regulations and manage all membership payment issues in conjunction with the Treasurer.
  • Liaise with publishers of the International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law and organise members’ access to the Journal.
  • Maintain the IAFL website in conjunction with the Publicity Officer and website technical manager.

IAFL Publicity Officer

  1. IAFL website postings
  • Post conference announcements, news, and related events
  1. Social media postings
  • Manage and post regular news, events, etc. on Twitter and LinkedIn. Adding Facebook, Instagram, other social media sites per discussion with the EC.
  1. FL-list postings
  • Post announcements, news, events to the FL-Listserve 
  1. Newsletter coordination
  • Duties pending discussion
  1. Linguistics/Language and Law Conference PR
  • When feasible, represent IAFL at related linguistics and/or language and law conferences

IAFL Treasurer

For banking purposes, the IAFL Treasurer must be resident in the United Kingdom.

  1. Maintain the Association accounts. Ensure that important financial records are maintained in the proper locations and for the appropriate length of time.
  2. Report to the Executive Committee annually on the state of the IAFL’s accounts, and to the membership at the GBM during the Biennial Conference.
  3. Ensure that the Association works with a certified public accountant and conducts an audit of accounts.

Ordinary Member

  1. To attend regular (Skype) meetings as organised by the President.
  2. To actively contribute to the IAFL’s affairs and take on specific responsibilities to forward the aims and objectives of the Association.
  3. To contribute to and respond in a timely manner to IAFL communications on a range of issues.
  4. To act as an Ambassador for the IAFL by promoting membership, forensic linguistics, and the aims and objectives of the Association.

All Executive Committee Members are obliged to:

  • Put the interests of the organisation at the foremost in their deliberations as EC members
  • Use reasonable care, skill, and diligence in the performance of their duties
  • Be honest, act in good faith and do not use their role or information obtained as an EC member dishonestly
  • Be aware of their responsibilities under the relevant legislation and case law
  • Disclose any potential conflict of interest by acknowledging likely conflicts and withdrawing from any related discussion or decisions
  • Refraining from gaining personally from being an EC member
  • Refraining from divulging any confidential information outside of the appropriate forum.

EC Members should carry out the following duties:

Governance

  • Understand how the Association works.
  • Keep up to date by reading the minutes, reports and any other necessary meeting papers.
  • Regularly attend EC meetings.
  • Be familiar with the Association’s constitution, including the specific roles and responsibilities of the EC outlined within it.
  • Approve relevant documents, including documents related to the Association’s finances.
  • Ensure the Association’s compliance with funding agreements, policies, legislation and regulations.
  • Manage the organisation’s risk (i.e. minimise the impact of potential barriers preventing the organisation from achieving its objectives efficiently and effectively).
  • Be active in planning for the future direction of the Association.
  • Take responsibility for particular areas of work, perhaps through involvement in sub-committees.
  • Ensure that new committee members are aware of their statutory obligations and responsibilities to the Association.
  • Try to be as active as possible in EC decision making.

Public representation

  • Be supportive of the Association in the eyes of the public.
  • Regularly attend the Association’s events and represent the Association at outside functions.
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Announcement: The Fourth Annual International Conference on Languages, Linguistics, Translation and Literature

Date: 1-2 February 2020
Venue: Ahwaz, Iran
Website: WWW.LLLD.IR

General Description:
The Fourth Annual International Conference on Languages, Linguistics, Translation and Literature is organized by different universities and research centers.

The conference will be dedicated to current issues of linguistics, languages, dialects, literature and translation.

Academics and university lecturers are cordially invited to present their research regarding current issues of linguistics, languages, dialects, literature and translation in English, Arabic or Persian.

The selective full papers of the conference will be published as the book of conference and also will be indexed in CIVILICA (however, the book of abstracts will be published too).

Optional Services for Presenters (If they wish to use)
A) Free Accommodation: ((1) Accommodation will be for six nights (from 31st January (Check-in) up to 6th February 2020(Check-out)); (2) Two participants will stay in each room; (3) Accommodation will be in a hotel.
B) Free Food: For six days (during 31st January, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th February 2020), all meals will be free.
C) Free Tour: Three day tour including visiting historical places, cultural activities and living with local people in Khouzestan province– from evening of 2nd February up to morning of 6th February, 2020, will be free.
D) Free Transportation: All transportations from Ahwaz airport to the accommodation place, to the conference venue and vice versa will be free.
E) Other Notable Free Services.

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1st Roundtable on Practices and Standards in Forensic Authorship Analysis – Wednesday 15th May

The International Association of Forensic Linguists and the Centre for Digital Humanities at the University of Manchester are looking forward to welcoming you to the 1st Roundtable on Practices and Standards in Forensic Authorship Analysis here in Manchester next Wednesday. The event details and the program can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/forensic-authorship-analysis-roundtable-tickets-59772040783

If you are not able to come to the event in person, you can still follow the roundtable online at the following link:

The webpage contains a chat that you can use to interact with us at the event. We will be monitoring this chat throughout the day and we will ask questions to the speakers on behalf of the online audience.

Feel free to share this link with colleagues who are unable to attend and we are looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday.

Best wishes,

The organisers
Andrea Nini & David Wright

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Student Travel Awards – 14th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists

Up to three travel awards are available for postgraduate students to present a paper at the 14th Biennial IAFL Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Each award provides a waiver of conference registration fees and reimburses reasonable travel costs up to a maximum of US $1,000.

The awards acknowledge the contributions by distinguished scholars to the understanding of forensic linguistics and language of the law and their promotion of the field. The Roger Shuy Award honours Professor Shuy for his contributions to FL scholarship and his generous founding gift of a student travel award. The Malcolm Coulthard Award honours the founding president of the International Association of Forensic Linguists. The Teresa M. Turell Award honours the former president of the Association, and preference for the award in her honor will be given to students from Spanish-speaking or Portuguese-speaking countries.

The awards are available to postgraduate students whose paper has been accepted for presentation at the conference and who present the paper in person. Preference will be given to applicants who would otherwise find travel expenses to the conference prohibitive and provide evidence of the potential to contribute to the development and promotion of the discipline of forensic linguistics.

Each application should be in the form of a 400-500 word statement detailing the applicant’s qualifications and academic experience and addressing the criteria above. The abstract of the paper the applicant intends to present at the conference should also be appended to the email message. A single application will suffice for all the awards.

Awardees will be chosen by a committee comprising Prof. Janet Ainsworth (IAFL vice-president); Dr. Krzysztof Kredens (IAFL treasurer); Dr. Isabel Picornell (IAFL Secretary); Prof. Georgina Heydon (IAFL & conference organizing committee).

The deadline for receipt of applications is 30 April 2019. Winners will be announced by 20 May 2019. 

 Applications should be submitted by email to Dr Isabel Picornell isabel(at)qedforensics(dot)com. All applications will be acknowledged.

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Last Call for Abstracts: International Association of Forensic Linguists – Melbourne Conference 2019

Abstracts are invited for IAFL 2019 by 26th April, 2019.

The 14th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists will be held from 1st – 5th July, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia at RMIT University.

The IAFL 2019 Conference theme isAccessing justice through language.

The conference website is https://iaflconference2019.wordpress.com/

Abstracts must be submitted via ConfTool https://www.conftool.org/iafl2019/

Submission Deadline: 26th April, 2019, 4:00 pm Eastern Australian Time (UTC +10 hours).

Please note:

1) Early bird registration rate will not be available for this round of submissions.

2) If the submission is accepted, at least one presenter per paper is required to register and pay the Conference fee before 15 May 2019.

Some basic guidelines are provided below and specific instructions for using the submission tool can be found on the submission website. If you are submitting an abstract you will be required to create a user account. You can create a user account first and submit your abstract at another time.

Abstracts

Abstracts are invited for individual papers, and posters. The deadline for abstract submission is 4:00 p.m. on 26th April, 2019 (AET; UTC+10). If you need to renew your membership or create a guest account, you should do so at least 3 hours before the submissions deadline, to allow for changes to take place in the system. Requests relating to membership or guest accounts later than this may mean that you are unable to submit your abstract by the deadline.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words are invited which address one or more of the conference sub-themes:

Language and the legal process Courtroom, police and prison discourse; Investigative interviewing; Power and the law; The comprehensibility of legal documents; Interviews with vulnerable witnesses in the legal system.

Linguistic evidence and investigative linguistics: Transcription and Translation of Covert Recordings; Forensic stylistics; Forensic phonetics and speaker identification; Forensic stylistics; Linguistic determination of nationality; Authorship analysis; Plagiarism; Trademark disputes; Consumer product warnings; Deception and fraud.Apologies;

Interpreting and translating in legal contexts: Multilingual matters in legal contexts; Linguistic disadvantage before the law; Language minorities and the legal system.

The language of the law: The history of legal languages; Legal genres; Critical approaches to legal languages; Language policy and language rights; Offensive language.

Education and training: The role of literacy in legal languages; Language education for law professionals; School-based program for language awareness.

Other Related Sub-Themes: Computational Forensic Linguistics; Cybercrime; Online identities and interactive multimodal communication; Multimodal approaches to forensic linguistics; Intercultural mediation; Comparative law.

INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Papers are formal presentations on a contribution of original knowledge by one or more authors within a thirty-minute period, including 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Paper presentations will be organized into sessions of 2-3 papers grouped by strand or theme.
All presenters must present their work during their scheduled time. No time changes will be allowed even if the previous presenter is absent or has finished early. Each presenter must make sure that they respect their allocated time in order to allow for the other presenters in the session to set up their equipment and start on time.

POSTERS: Poster presentations are intended for face-to-face discussions of research. Posters are especially effective for information that can be presented visually (e.g. charts, graphs, tables, diagrams). Prospective presenters are encouraged to consider posters, because of the opportunity they provide for extended discussion with other researchers. There will be a designated poster session scheduled, and presenters are required to be present at their posters during the session. For the rest of the period, presenters may choose to stay at their poster board at their discretion.

Organising Committee

Georgina Heydon (IAFL President), RMIT University

Ikuko Nakane, University of Melbourne

Peter Gray, Federal Court (ret.)

Greg Reinhardt, Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration

Contact email: iaflconference2019@gmail.com

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Second Call for Abstracts: International Association of Forensic Linguists – Melbourne Conference 2019

Abstracts are invited for IAFL 2019 by 15th February, 2019 – submit here.

The 14th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists will be held from 1st – 5th July, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia at RMIT University.

The IAFL 2019 Conference theme is Accessing justice through language.

The conference website is https://iaflconference2019.wordpress.com/

Organising Committee

Georgina Heydon (IAFL President), RMIT University

Ikuko Nakane, University of Melbourne

Peter Gray, Federal Court (ret.)

Greg Reinhardt, Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration

Contact email: iaflconference2019@gmail.com

Call for Abstracts

This Call for Abstracts closes on 15th February, 2019.

Abstracts must be submitted via ConfTool https://www.conftool.org/iafl2019/

 

Some basic guidelines are provided below and specific instructions for using the submission tool can be found on the submission website. If you are submitting an abstract you will be required to create a user account. You can create a user account first and submit your abstract at another time.

 

Submission Deadline: 15th February, 2019, 4:00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (UTC +11 hours).

 

Abstracts

Abstracts are invited for individual papers, and posters. The deadline for abstract submission is 4:00 p.m. on 15th February, 2019 (AEDT; UTC+11). If you need to renew your membership or create a guest account, you should do so at least 3 hours before the submissions deadline, to allow for changes to take place in the system. Requests relating to membership or guest accounts later than this may mean that you are unable to submit your abstract by the deadline.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words are invited which address one or more of the conference sub-themes:

Language and the legal process Courtroom, police and prison discourse; Investigative interviewing; Power and the law; The comprehensibility of legal documents; Interviews with vulnerable witnesses in the legal system.

Linguistic evidence and investigative linguistics: Forensic phonetics and speaker identification; Transcription and Translation of Covert Recordings; Forensic stylistics; Linguistic determination of nationality; Authorship analysis; Plagiarism; Trademark disputes; Consumer product warnings; Deception and fraud.

Interpreting and translating in legal contexts: Multilingual matters in legal contexts; Linguistic disadvantage before the law; Language minorities and the legal system.

The language of the law: The history of legal languages; Legal genres; Critical approaches to legal languages; Language policy and language rights; Offensive language.

Education and training: The role of literacy in legal languages; Language education for law professionals; School-based program for language awareness.

Other Related Sub-Themes: Computational Forensic Linguistics; Cybercrime; Online identities and interactive multimodal communication; Multimodal approaches to forensic linguistics; Intercultural mediation; Comparative law.

 

INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Papers are formal presentations on a contribution of original knowledge by one or more authors within a thirty-minute period, including 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Paper presentations will be organized into sessions of 2-3 papers grouped by strand or theme.

All presenters must present their work during their scheduled time. No time changes will be allowed even if the previous presenter is absent or has finished early. Each presenter must make sure that they respect their allocated time in order to allow for the other presenters in the session to set up their equipment and start on time.

 

POSTERS: Poster presentations are intended for face-to-face discussions of research. Posters are especially effective for information that can be presented visually (e.g. charts, graphs, tables, diagrams). Prospective presenters are encouraged to consider posters, because of the opportunity they provide for extended discussion with other researchers. There will be a designated poster session scheduled, and presenters are required to be present at their posters during the session. For the rest of the period, presenters may choose to stay at their poster board at their discretion.

 

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Roundtable on Forensic Linguistics

Mainz, Germany

7th Sep 2013 – 8th Sep 2013

The Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics (GSFL) Roundtable will take place at the end of the 2013 International Summer School for Forensic Linguistic Analysis, also held in Mainz this year (September 2nd-­‐6th
http://www.forensiclinguistics.eu/ )

Abstracts are invited in all of the following areas:

• Forensic Linguistics
• Language,the Law,and the Legal Process
• Forensic Linguistics and Education

Undergraduate and graduate students will have an opportunity to present their work and receive constructive feedback.

Abstracts are due June 15, 2013 to Dr. I. M. Laversuch Nick at mavi.yaz@web.de.

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63rd Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association

St. John’s University, New York City

20th Apr 2018 – 22nd Apr 2018

Theme: Language and Religion

The theme of this conference, “Language and Religion,” draws on the universal notion of a bond between speech and worship. This bond fosters group identity and determines social roles. To the degree that language and religion shapes self-identification as the basis for determining one’s membership in the social group, it likewise establishes perspectives on those considered as outsiders. One of the most significant indicators of this emic-etic distinction involves the use of language appropriate to insiders that reveals who is a member and who is not, such as in the classic example of the shibboleth. Areas of interest to the conference theme include, but are not limited to, scholarly studies of liturgical language and speech acts, religious diglossia, calques and traductology in sacred texts, religion as political language, etc.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

• hieratic language

• the speech registers of different religious practices

• ritual speech and performance

• languages used in religious practices and texts (e.g., Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, etc.)

• translation of sacred texts

• use of the vernacular in the liturgy

• language in missionary activity

• language of spiritual experience

• intelligibility of religious texts

• religion and language variation

• religion and cognition

• religion and the internet

• language learning for religious purposes

• language and religion under different political circumstances (e.g., colonialism, capitalism, autocracy)

In keeping with the ILA tradition, we also invite individual papers or posters on other areas of linguistics.

Guidelines for Proposals

A paper or poster title and anonymous abstract of between 300 and 400 words, excluding references, is required along with a summary abstract for the conference booklet of no more than 150 words. On a separate page, the primary author’s name, institutional affiliation, email address, and phone number, along with any additional authors’ names/affiliations, must be included. Proposals will be blind-reviewed for quality and originality.

Submissions should contain mainly new material and must not have been published previously in order to be considered. All proposals should be emailed in a MSWord (.doc, .docx) file and using “ILA2018” in the subject line, to Ms. Annika Wendt, ILA Secretary at awendt@ilaword.org by Monday, January 15, 2018. Proposal acceptances will be sent by Saturday, February 24, 2018. The author(s) whose proposals have been accepted for the ILA Annual Conference must register before the registration deadline (Monday, March 12, 2018) in order to be included in the Conference Program.

Send inquiries to one of the Co-Chairs: Walter Petrovitz, wp@stjohns.edu; Kathleen O’Connor-Bater, oconnorbaterk@oldwestbury.edu