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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes,

The organisers
Andrea Nini & David Wright

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The IAFL 2019 Conference theme isAccessing justice through language.

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

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

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

Please note:

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

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

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

Abstracts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Organising Committee

Georgina Heydon (IAFL President), RMIT University

Ikuko Nakane, University of Melbourne

Peter Gray, Federal Court (ret.)

Greg Reinhardt, Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration

Contact email: iaflconference2019@gmail.com

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

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

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

The IAFL 2019 Conference theme is Accessing justice through language.

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

Organising Committee

Georgina Heydon (IAFL President), RMIT University

Ikuko Nakane, University of Melbourne

Peter Gray, Federal Court (ret.)

Greg Reinhardt, Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration

Contact email: iaflconference2019@gmail.com

Call for Abstracts

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Abstracts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Abstracts are now invited for IAFL 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

First Call for Abstracts

The First Call for Abstracts closes on 1st November, 2018. This call is mainly intended for those delegates requiring early confirmation to finalise their travel arrangements, but anyone is welcome to submit their abstract early.  A Second Call for Abstracts will close 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: 1st November, 2018, 4:00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (UTC +11 hours).

 

Abstracts

Abstracts are invited for individual papers, and posters. The deadline for early abstract submission is 4:00 p.m. on 1st November, 2018 (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; Forensic stylistics; Linguistic determination of nationality; Authorship analysis; Plagiarism; Trademark disputes; Consumer product warnings; Deception and fraud.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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Roundtable on Forensic Linguistics

Mainz, Germany

7th Sep 2013 – 8th Sep 2013

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

Abstracts are invited in all of the following areas:

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

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

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

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63rd Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association

St. John’s University, New York City

20th Apr 2018 – 22nd Apr 2018

Theme: Language and Religion

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

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

• hieratic language

• the speech registers of different religious practices

• ritual speech and performance

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

• translation of sacred texts

• use of the vernacular in the liturgy

• language in missionary activity

• language of spiritual experience

• intelligibility of religious texts

• religion and language variation

• religion and cognition

• religion and the internet

• language learning for religious purposes

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

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

Guidelines for Proposals

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

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

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

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2019 IAFL biennial conference – July 1-5, 2019

Save the date! We are delighted to announce that our next biennial conference will take place in Melbourne, Australia, July 1-5, 2019. We look forward to your participation in what we know will be a fantastic conference. Check back here later this year for a Call for Papers and links for information on travel, accommodations, and scheduling.

Janet Ainsworth, Vice-President, International Association of Forensic Linguists

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IAFL Call for Bids

The IAFL Executive Committee solicits proposals from members who wish to host the next biennial conference. We are particularly keen to receive proposals for the 2019 conference. We are also seeking preliminary proposals or inquiries about the 2021 meeting from members who may be keen to host but will not be ready for 2019. Proposals should be emailed by 31 December 2017 to Georgina Heydon georgina.heydon@rmit.edu.au and Isabel Picornell isabel@qedforensics.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; e) 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 a variety of countries.

We look forward to receiving well-conceived and exciting proposals within the next few months.

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GSFL Roundtable 2017

Copenhagen, Denmark

24th Aug 2017 – 27th Aug 2017

Dear Colleagues,

The Fifth Annual Roundtable on Forensic Linguistics and Phonetics will be held from the 24th to the 27th of August 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. This year’s Roundtable is sponsored by the Germanic Society of Forensic Linguistics (GSFL) in coperation with the University of Copenhagen and the University of Roskilde. The purpose of this conference is to provide FL/FP researchers, educators, and practitioners the opportunity to share their work in an interdisciplinary, supportive, and respectful, scholarly environment.

Paper and poster submissions are cordially welcome on any area of FL/FP. Examples of possible presentation topics include the following:

FORENSIC LINGUISTICS authorship analysis; text comparison; plagiarism detection; linguistic profiling; discourse and speech act; corpus analysis of forensic texts (e.g. confessions, courtroom transcripts, police protocols, suicide letters, threatening letters); the language of (violent) offenders and/or victims;

FORENSIC PHONETICS: speaker discrimination; perceptual speaker identification; earwitnesses; intra- and interspeaker variation; automatic speaker recognition; cross-linguistic voice recognition;

FL/FP AND THE LAW: courtroom interpreting and translating; language testing for citizenship and asylum cases; language minorities and the law; cross-lingual legal discourse analysis; investigative interviewing and/or interrogative practices; deception detection; statutory interpretation;

FL/FP AND EDUCATION: developing FL/FP curricula; FL/FP instructional materials; developing international ties between researchers and practitioners; teaching ethical and professional standards.

All interested participants are requested to submit a 250 word abstract by June 1, 2017 via the NEW GSFL WEBSITE

To encourage continuing interest in FL/FP, a special Emerging Scholars’ Day will be held on the 24th of August 2017 for undergraduates and graduates who are interested in researching and working within this field. If you have any questions about the Roundtable, the Emerging Scholars’ Day, or the GSFL, please do not hesitate to contact GSFL President Dr. I. M. Nick <mavi.yaz@web.de). <br=””>
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU TO COPENHAGEN, DENMARK!

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