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2nd IAFL News Briefing

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration fees

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

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

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

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

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2nd Roundtable on Practices and Standards in Forensic Authorship Analysis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

The 15th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) will be hosted by the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL), Aston University, Birmingham, UK from Monday 13th to Friday 17th September 2021. Academic sessions will run Monday to Thursday, with optional social / cultural trips for delegates and any accompanying persons to run at the end of the conference.

The deadline for abstract submission is 15th March 2021 and decisions will be released by 30th April 2021.

 

List of Topics

The 15th IAFL conference will be a forum for the discussion of all aspects of forensic linguistics and language and law. We welcome proposals for individual papers, posters and panels on, but not limited to, the following topics:

Legal discourse: Language of the law, The history of legal languages; Legal genres; Critical approaches to legal languages.

Language and the legal process: Courtroom, police and prison discourse; Investigative interviewing; Power and the law; Interviews with vulnerable witnesses; Language and disadvantage; Interpreting and translating in legal contexts; Bilingual courtrooms; Legal interpreting & translation.

Investigative linguistics and language evidence: Authorship analysis; Forensic stylistics; Speaker identification; Plagiarism; Trademark disputes; Consumer product warnings; Deception and fraud.

Language and cybercrime: Online identities and communication; Online sexual grooming; Online language crimes (e.g.: hate crime, cyberstalking, cyberbullying, online deception and fraud.)

Education and training: Language education for law professionals; School-based program for language awareness; Readability/comprehensibility of legal documents.

Forensic phonetics and speaker identification: Transcription and translation of covert recordings; Forensic voice comparison.

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

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Virtual roundtable on language and law in Africa, 2021

The North-West University and the University of South Africa will jointly host the Virtual Roundtable on Language and Law in Africa, 2021. The two-day event, which is sponsored by the IAFL, focuses on Forensic Linguistics / Language and Law in Africa and will allow delegates to present relevant research on the topic.

This virtual meeting will take place after the 2nd Southern African Regional Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, which was scheduled for 2 and 3 April 2020 in Parys, South Africa, has been suspended as a result of the world-wide pandemic of the COVID-19 infection declared by the World Health Organization. 

The webinar programme can be found here. For further information, contact Dr Terrence Carney

 

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

 

The 15th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) will be hosted by the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL), Aston University, Birmingham, UK from Monday 5th to Friday 9th of July, 2021.

The Organising Committee is running two calls for papers. The due date of the first early call will be 2nd Oct 2020. Abstracts received before this date will receive decisions by the 2nd November to allow delegates ample time to apply for visas. The second standard call due date will be 8th January 2021 and decisions will be returned on 5th February 2021.

The review process is such that the Organising Committee will ensure there is no advantage or disadvantage in terms of which call you choose to answer. All abstracts will be assessed by reviewers on their merits.

List of Topics

The 15th IAFL conference will be a forum for the discussion of all aspects of forensic linguistics and language and law. We welcome proposals for individual papers, posters and panels on, but not limited to, the following topics:

Legal discourse: Language of the law, The history of legal languages; Legal genres; Critical approaches to legal languages.

Language and the legal process: Courtroom, police and prison discourse; Investigative interviewing; Power and the law; Interviews with vulnerable witnesses; Language and disadvantage; Interpreting and translating in legal contexts; Bilingual courtrooms; Legal interpreting & translation.

Investigative linguistics and language evidence: Authorship analysis; Forensic stylistics; Speaker identification; Plagiarism; Trademark disputes; Consumer product warnings; Deception and fraud.

Language and cybercrime: Online identities and communication; Online sexual grooming; Online language crimes (e.g.: hate crime, cyberstalking, cyberbullying, online deception and fraud.)

Education and training: Language education for law professionals; School-based program for language awareness; Readability/comprehensibility of legal documents.

Forensic phonetics and speaker identification: Transcription and translation of covert recordings; Forensic voice comparison.

Note: As of the summer of 2020 the working assumption of the Organising Committee is that this will run as a traditional in-person conference. Submitting an abstract in no way commits you financially. As the global situation with regard to the COVID19 pandemic develops over the next months the Organising Committee will keep all options under review.

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

 

IAFL Porto 2020 update on COVID-19: Meeting cancelled

The Organising Committee of the 4th European Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL Porto 2020) regrets to inform you that, given the current COVID-19 pandemic, and upon consulting the Executive Committee of the IAFL, it has decided to postpone the European conference until 2022. Although Portugal is currently a safe place to be (the daily rate of new infections has been steadily below 1%), we are aware that this is not the case everywhere and in order to get to the conference delegates will need to travel – which may be difficult in the coming months. In addition, although the lockdown has officially ended in Portugal, there are still restrictions on the number of people allowed per sq/m in closed spaces. We don’t know for how long this restriction will be in force, and neither can we predict if things change for worse in the Autumn.

The Organising Committee considered two other alternatives in particular: (1) hosting the conference online; (2) postponing the conference for a couple of months. The first option was immediately discarded on the grounds that one of the best features of IAFL conferences is networking and that would be completely missed. Also, given time differences, attending the entire conference would be difficult in some parts of the globe. The second alternative, which would allow us to postpone the conference until January or February, was given serious thought, but dropped because again no one can predict whether the state of affairs will be much different then.

Given that the 15th Biennial Conference of the IAFL will take place at Aston University in July 2021, we decided to postpone the 4th European Conference of the IAFL in Porto to Spring 2022. The exact dates will be announced in due time.

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2ND SOUTHERN AFRICAN REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE IAFL – MEETING CANCELLED

The 2nd Southern African Regional Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, scheduled for 2 and 3 April 2020 in Parys, South Africa, has just been suspended as a result of the world-wide pandemic of the COVID-19 infection declared by the World Health Organization. In keeping with public safety guidelines, the IAFL discourages public gatherings to avoid the further spread of this disease, and instead encourages social distancing-elimination of situations in which people are in proximity to others. The Local Organising Committee will soon decide whether the meeting will be cancelled or postponed. 

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15th IAFL Biennial Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 15th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists will be hosted by the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL) at Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

The conference is scheduled to be held Monday-Thursday, 5-8 July, 2021, with an optional cultural visit on Friday, 9 July.

More information on the conference theme, call for papers, cultural event, and travel arrangements will be forthcoming from the Conference organizers. We look forwarding to seeing everyone at Aston University for our 15th biennial conference!