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.

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Call for Bids: Biennial Conference in 2021

The IAFL Executive Committee invites proposals from institutions with IAFL-affiliated members who wish to host the next biennial conference in 2021. We are also seeking preliminary proposals or inquiries about the 2023 meeting from members who may be keen to host but will not be ready for 2021. Proposals should be emailed by 15 December 2019 to Janet Ainsworth and Tammy Gales 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. IAFL 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 IAFL 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, IAFL 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.

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Forensic Linguistics Conference – Arizona State University

Call for proposals

The first Forensic Linguistics Conference at Arizona State University will be held on October 4&5, 2019, at the Tempe, Arizona, campus. The English department, which houses the Linguistics program, will host the conference.

Forensic linguistics is a broad field in which language meets the law. We invite attendance and participation by anyone with an interest in any area of forensic linguistics, including but not limited to legal language, legal processes, linguistic evidence, author/speaker identification, forensic stylistics, linguistic dialectology, forensic phonetics, trademark issues, authorship and plagiarism.


The keynote speaker is Professor Philip Gaines of Montana State University, whose areas of specialization in forensic linguistics include police interrogation, false confessions and trial attorney discourse. On Friday, the keynote speaker will give an interview and interrogation workshop. A workshop on authorship analysis will follow, to be given by ASU Prof. Elly van Gelderen.

Undergraduate and graduate students and professionals are invited to save the date to attend the conference and to submit a proposal to give an oral presentation at the conference.   


The conference will be held Friday, October 4, and Saturday, October 5, 2019. Two workshops will be held on Friday afternoon; conference presentations and keynote speaker are on Saturday.

The deadline for proposals is as follows:

  • Monday, August 15, 2019, by 11:59pm.


Proposals for conference presentations are welcome from professionals as well as graduate and undergraduate students.   

Presentation details:

  • Timeslots will be 30 minutes (25 minutes to present plus 5 minutes for question-and-answer).
  • Presentations will be given on Saturday, October 5.
  • Audio-visual equipment and Internet access is available for presentations.
  • The topic is flexible, as long as it belongs in the category of forensic linguistics. Miranda warnings, the police caution, jury instructions, 911 calls, trademark infringement, interview and interrogation issues, the speech of asylum-seekers, language dialects, ransom notes, stalker communications, suicide notes, threat texts, plagiarism – these are a few of the potential areas for presentations.


Proposals should include the following:

  • A title (20 words maximum)
  • A description of what the presentation will cover (200 words maximum)

Submit proposals via e-mail to PDFs are appreciated.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions:

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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.

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:

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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 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:


  • 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:

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.