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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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IAFL News Briefing

IAFL News Briefing

Welcome to the first news briefing of the International Association of Forensic Linguists! From now on IAFL members will receive a regular briefing with news and information that may be of interest to them. 

In this first issue, Isabel Picornell, Vice-President of the IAFL, welcomes you aboard. Despite the pandemic, the Executive Committee has been working under the hood to make the IAFL stronger and offer more benefits to the IAFL community.

It’s been over a year since the world stopped due to the outbreak of covid-19. Times have been challenging, especially as everyone, everywhere had to adapt to a new way of living. A positive consequence of the pandemic – most certainly the only one – is that the number of online events across the world multiplied, thus allowing people who would otherwise be unable to attend live events to have access to more research in the field. However, the meetings of the IAFL have always been an important part of our DNA, so for its members the most evident consequence of the pandemic was the suspension of live conferences. Several IAFL-supported events had to be rescheduled, including the 15th Biennial Conference of the IAFL, which was due in July 2021 at Aston University. 

But while we are unable to meet face to face, there are several exciting events coming up. The 15th Biennial Conference of the IAFL will be organised and hosted by the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL), at Aston University, from Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th September. After careful consideration of the current circumstances and due to uncertainties surrounding travel to the UK, the organising committee has decided to hold the conference entirely online. However, you needn’t wait until September to attend Forensic Linguistics events. On 7th July the 2nd Roundtable on Practices and Standards in Forensic Authorship Analysis will be held online at the University of Manchester. The event is free to attend but participants need to register. Make sure to register so that you don’t miss it. Before that, on 24th June, the IAFL Vice-President Isabel Picornell will give 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. The webinar, broadcast via Zoom, is free to attend, but registration is required. These are all exciting events, so they are worth being added to your calendar. 

In the meantime, you can start making plans for next year. In July 2022, the University of Porto will host the 4th European Conference of the IAFL – International Association of Forensic Linguists. Further details will be announced soon, but in the meantime make sure to save the date! We remind IAFL members that proposals for regional conferences can be submitted anytime for consideration by the Executive Committee. 

Meanwhile, time really flies and it’s been almost two years since the current IAFL Executive Committee was elected, which means that we have an upcoming election. Further information is coming very soon. Make sure that your membership is not overdue so that you can cast your vote.

Unfortunately, this briefing is not just about good news. In April, we lost one of our valued members, past President Ron Butters (2009-2011). You can read a ‘Note of Remembrance’ written by past President Ed Finegan in the International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law or in Language and Law / Linguagem e Direito

Before you go, here is an opportunity to celebrate the IAFL. It’s been about three decades since the Association was founded, which means that some of its junior members weren’t even born when it all started. A lot of information about the Association can be found at the IAFL website and in publications, but some facts don’t come in the books. We asked one of the founding members and past President Malcolm Coulthard to tell us more about how things worked… in the beginning. You’ll be surprised!

We hope you enjoy the reading!

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 david.wright@ntu.ac.uk. 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 jan@seattleu.edu and Tammy Gales tammygales@gmail.com. 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.