Tunisia conference update

Posted on the 9th Oct 2014 in the category Press Release

The organisers of the first African Regional Conference of IAFL have posted the programme of the pre-conference workshop on their Facebook page. Among the speakers will be IAFL President Ed Finegan. The conference will be held from 12 to 14 December 2014 in Sfax, Tunisia.

New Language and Law journal

Posted on the 1st Oct 2014 in the category Press Release

Press release from IAFL's Rui Sousa Silva:

We are delighted to announce that the first issue of the new international bilingual bi-annual journal ­Language and Law - Linguagem e Direito has just been published. The journal is electronic and available for everyone to download at http://tinyurl.com/linguagem-direito.

Because Language and Law has no printing costs it can be extremely flexible to individual authors' requirements: not only can it publish quickly all the high quality articles it receives, but it can also cope with long appendices, reproduce illustrations, photographs and tables in colour, and embed sound files and hyperlink as necessary.

We chose the title Language and Law ­ Linguagem e Direito to indicate that we welcome articles across the whole spectrum of the discipline and from both practitioners and academic researchers. Thus, for example, the first issue includes contributions from a chief of police, a public prosecutor, a professional translator, a professional interpreter and two expert witnesses, as well as from academic lawyers and linguists.

There is an article by Maria Lúcia Gomes and Denise Carneiro about Forensic Phonetics in Brazil, and one by Alison Johnson and David Wright about authorship analysis. Rui Sousa-Silva writes about plagiarism by translation; Liz Carter about deceptive responses in police interviews, Marcos Ribeiro and Cristiane Fuzer about honour crimes, Edilson Vitorelli about the language rights of indigenous Brazilians. Gail Stygall analyses incomprehensible Jury Instructions while Débora Figueiredo examines representations of the crime of rape in Brazilian legal texts.

Rui Sousa-Silva
Univeristy of Porto

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