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Candidates for the IAFL Executive Committee

Standing for Vice President of IAFL

Isabel Picornell, PhD

My name is Isabel Picornell. I am Director of a forensic linguistics consultancy (QED Limited) and an Honorary Research Fellow with the Centre for Forensic Linguistics at Aston University, UK, where I did my PhD in forensic linguistics. I come from an investigative background; I am a Certified Fraud Examiner and my research involves the application of forensic linguistics theory and practice to real-world investigations. I’ve also taught at International Summer Schools in Forensic Linguistic Analysis and I co-run (together with Dr Ria Perkins) the Short Course in Forensic Linguistics at the University of Cologne (Germany).

I’ve been a member of IAFL since 2005. I was Membership Secretary between 2010-2013, and I’ve been Secretary since 2015. My term ends in July and I am standing for Vice-President of IAFL.

These are interesting times for forensic linguistics. Awareness of it is on the rise, and with it comes the responsibility of IAFL to do more to promote good research, good practice, and qualified practitioners. I am particularly interested in three issues and, as Vice President (and as President afterwards), I would work towards these goals:

  1. bringing more non-linguists into the IAFL fold, especially lawyers and the investigatory and regulatory sectors who stand to benefit from an increased knowledge of forensic linguists (although they are not forensic linguists themselves); and,
  2. increasingly promote forensic linguistics in parts of the world, particularly in Asia, where it already has a fledgling grip and is ripe for growth; and, finally,
  3. recognising appropriate qualifications within the IAFL membership, encouraging continuing professional development, and enhancing the value of IAFL membership.

My position, with one foot inside academia and another in the investigative industry, provides me with the knowledge to work towards the first; my Asian/European background assists me with the second; and my experience of being a regulated and certified fraud examiner helps me with the third.

I would be grateful for your vote as Vice President of IAFL in these elections.

Standing for Secretary of IAFL

Tammy Gales, PhD

I am an Associate Professor of Linguistics and Director of Research at the Institute of Forensic Linguistics, Threat Assessment, and Strategic Analysis at Hofstra University in New York. I have been an active member of the IAFL since 2007 and am pleased to stand for the position of Secretary.

Over the past two years, I have served as the Publicity Officer on the IAFL Executive Committee, where we have been committed to expanding the availability and understanding of forensic linguistics around the world. As Secretary, I envision a continuation of this goal through increased membership, especially in under-represented regions, and more open access to forensic data resources for research purposes.

In addition to serving on FL editorial boards (e.g., Language and Law / Linguagem e Direito), being a regular reviewer for FL and legal publications (e.g., International Journal of Speech, Language and Law), and overseeing approximately 20 MA theses and serving on 3-4 PhD committees annually – all of which focus on FL topics – I am currently serving or have served in a variety of capacities that relate to the duties required of Secretary for IAFL. Such responsibilities include:

  • serving on the Executive Committee of the International Linguistics Association and co-chairing their Lecture Series Committee, where we hosted talks by international scholars on a range of linguistic topics including those of legal and forensic interest;
  • serving as a member of the newly initiated Language and Law Consultancy housed at Brigham Young University, where we work to bring legal scholars and practitioners together with corpus linguists to help structure new ways to research questions of statutory interpretation;
  • chairing our Outcomes Assessment Committee at Hofstra for the past 5 years, which was recently instrumental in gaining our reaccreditation;
  • chairing and then serving as a member of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Committee, where we monitor the status and progress of all graduate programs in our college; and
  • co-directing and being the sole adviser for our linguistics programs at Hofstra, which include approximately 150 students in our Major (BA), Minor, dual-degree BA-MA, MA in forensic linguistics, joint JD-MA, dual-MA with Aston University, and potential new Graduate-level online certificate program.

If elected to position of Secretary for IAFL, I will bring with me all of these successful experiences and serve the organization and membership to my fullest capacity. I greatly appreciate your consideration.

Standing for Publicity Officer of IAFL

Rui Sousa-Silva, PhD

Forensic Linguistics has expanded significantly over the last decades, not only in English-speaking countries, but also elsewhere; new forensic linguistics courses have emerged throughout the world, the role of forensic linguistics experts has gained more relevance and visibility, the cooperation between the academy and legal institutions has gained prominence and linguists have gained more credibility than ever. This is due, in no small part, to the work of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL). However, these developments also bring along new challenges, for the IAFL and for forensic linguists, in general. The so-called ‘CSI effect’, for example, has attracted general interest to the area, so that some people now believe that speaking a language suffices to act as a forensic linguistics expert. Only the IAFL, as a worldwide organisation, has the tools to counter this. This can be achieved, not only by working towards a certification procedure, but also – with a more immediate effect – by attracting more qualified academics and practitioners to the Association. As an IAFL member from a non-English speaking country, and in fact the first qualified forensic linguist in Portugal, I have seen the discipline grow in the whole world, in general, and in Portuguese-speaking countries, in particular. This is due, in part, to my talks and publications, in English and in Portuguese, as well as to the successful conferences that I organised so far: the 3rd European Conference of the IAFL, in 2012, and the 13th Biennial Conference of the IAFL, in 2017. These conferences attracted over 100 and 200 participants, respectively, from all over the world – although the 3rd European conference was planned to be a ‘regional’ conference. Importantly, too, the publication (biannually) of the international bilingual journal Language and Law, which I am very pleased to co-edit with Malcolm Coulthard, has given new audiences, including those from low-income regions, an unprecedented access to the field as the journal is absolutely free for readers and authors. In parallel, news pieces in media outlets in which I featured have allowed the general public to discover the potential of forensic linguistic analysis. The IAFL undeniably has an extraordinary growth potential, but it is my belief that a solid, proactive and overarching publicity plan will optimise that potential and bring the IAFL to whole new levels. I therefore stand for IAFL Publicity Officer, hoping that I will be in a position to serve the Association.

Standing for Treasurer of IAFL

Ria Perkins, PhD

I am a Research Fellow at the Center for Forensic Linguistics at Aston University, and the director of my own consultancy company, Hapax Consulting Ltd.. Since completing my PhD I have been actively involved in research, casework, teaching and training in forensic linguistics.

I have been a member of IAFL since 2009, when I started my PhD, and have seen the value that the association can bring to members at a range of stages throughout their career. I was am also a founding member of the Germanic Society of Forensic Linguistics (GSFL). I have held various positions on the Executive Council including; Student Liaison (2013-2015), Writing Officer (2015-2017), and Development Officer (2017 – present).

I work closely with the current IAFL treasurer, and am located in the same city in the same country – ensuring that there will be a smooth transition period.

If elected I will make it a priority to organise an audit with an external accountancy company, so that IAFL can ensure, and demonstrate that it is conducting its monetary affairs legally and transparently.  I will utilise my experience to accurately track and report our financial situation.

Standing for Ordinary Member of IAFL

Marilu Rañosa-Madrunio, PhD

I am an educator and author in the field of English and applied linguistics.

In the academe, I am better known for my current post as dean of the Graduate School of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, where I oversee almost a hundred master’s and doctoral degree programs and certificate courses. The University of Santo Tomas (UST) is the oldest existing university in Asia having been established in 1611.

With my background as past president of the Linguistic Society of the Philippines (LSP), and a conference organizer of the 15th International Association of World Englishes (IAWE) in Cebu, Philippines, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to pioneer in the teaching and development of the emerging field of forensic linguistics in the Philippines. This was after undergoing the training/workshop conducted by the International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis (ISSFLA) that took place in Malaysia in 2012.

I have helped apply the practical side of linguistics in resolving one trademark case in the Philippines.  I have also mentored graduate and undergraduate students who engaged in the study of credit card terms and conditions for a top Philippine/Asian bank by simplifying it,  analyzing consumer product warnings, examination of vulnerable and non-vulnerable witnesses as well provided training for legal professionals on legal writing through the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA), the training arm of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

Three years ago, I took the lead in holding the 2nd IAFL regional conference in Manila, the second to be held in Asia. The keynote speaker was the  Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, the Honorable Justice Antonio Carpio.

I look forward to being given the chance to share my time and knowledge with the global community of forensic linguists as a member of the IAFL Executive Committee.

Dana Roemling, MA

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Finnish & English Studies from Cologne University (Germany), which I completed with a thesis on the authenticity of suicide notes. I hold a Master of Arts in Linguistics from Duesseldorf University. My thesis was in language and law, focussing on vagueness within statutory interpretation.

I am currently working as a product manager in IT and am studying law part-time at the University of Hagen. Together with Iman Nick I have founded the Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics in December 2012. I have served as Vice President and webmaster for several years. I have also been in charge of Membership, as well as co-organising the Roundtables, the yearly conference of the GSFL until the end of 2016.

Having found new time to help this field, I would like to get involved with the IAFL more and help out, if I can. I heard there are preparations for a newsletter under way, which sounds like something I could help with, given my experience with the GSFL and my work in IT.

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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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Congratulations, Travel Award Recipients!

We would like to congratulate the following postgraduate students on being awarded travel awards to the 14th IAFL Biennial Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 1-5 July 2019.

Dakota Wing – Roger Shuy Travel Award

Kate Steel – Malcolm Coulthard Travel Award

Daniela Schneevogt – M. Teresa Turell Travel Award

Travel bursaries are awarded in recognition of the potential contribution each student’s research brings to the development and promotion of the discipline of Forensic Linguistics.

The awards honor the significant contributions made by Professors Shuy, Coulthard, and Turell to the field of Forensic Linguistics and are designed to support the work of postgraduate students carrying out research in forensic linguistics or language of the law.

We wish you a successful conference!

–The IAFL Executive Committee

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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.