1st Southern African Regional IAFL Conference

Posted on the 21st Oct 2017 in the category Press Release

Date: 16 -17 April 2018

Conference Venue: Lagoon Beach Hotel

Hosted by Cape Peninsula University of Technology

(Language Unit and the Unit for Applied Law) in affiliation with Rhodes University’s School of Languages and Literatures – NRF Chair in African Languages, University of South Africa (UNISA) and University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM)

Conference website: http://www.cput.ac.za/blogs/iafl/

The Regional Conference of the International Association of the Forensic Linguists is first to be held in Southern Africa, and South Africa (Cape Peninsula University of Technology in affiliation with Rhodes University) in particular is privileged to host the event.

Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, interactive sessions, and posters/exhibitions are invited to the Regional conference.

Submissions due: 15th November 2017

Details of the conference

The conference will address a range of critically important themes in the various language and the law/forensic linguistics related fields. Plenary sessions will include presentations by some of the world’s leading thinkers in the field, as well as numerous papers, workshop presentations by academics, researchers and practitioners.

The purpose of the conference is to attract scholars and researchers from a variety of disciplines and to bring together a cohort of established and emerging researchers in one assembly to deliberate on topics related to the theme and sub-themes.

Aims of the Conference

 To present an opportunity for researchers and emerging researchers internationally and in Africa in particular to explore issues relating to the practice of language and the law /forensic linguistics in their diverse academic spaces.

 To create an opportunity for researchers to interact with practitioners in order to explore the relationship between current research and practice.

 To determine specific areas of research that need stimulation to provide an appropriate basis for applied research in the practice of language and the law in Southern Africa and in the African context.

 To create the opportunity for researchers and practitioners working in the field of language and the law /forensic linguistics to establish possible collaborations in a variety of areas with the aim to contribute towards the advancement of the field in Africa.

Theme of the conference

New Frontiers of Justice in Forensic Linguistics

The above title will embrace contributions from a wide spectrum of research on language and law, legal recognition of African languages and cultures within the criminal justice system, from a historical perspective (reflections on what has been achieved so far towards the developmental initiatives pertaining this growing field) and future prospects (projections on how current research can impact on future developments). Southern African nations are highly linguistically diverse and this conference offers an opportunity to explore emerging research into the interactions between multi-lingual citizenry and post-colonial justice systems.

Sub-themes include but are not confined to the following areas:

 Police investigative interviewing;

 Language in the legal process including legal texts, courtroom discourse and commercial applications.

 Language as evidence /in evidence;

 Authorship attribution;

 Interpreting and translating legal texts

Registration IAFL PORTO 2017

Posted on the 13th Apr 2017 in the category Press Release

The Organising Committee of the 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists is delighted to inform all those interested in attending the IAFL Porto 2017 conference that the early bird registration deadline has been extended. All participants registering by 22 April will be able to benefit from early bird fees.

We remind you that further information on registration and fees can be found at: https://iaflporto2017.com/registration-and-fees/

We look forward to welcoming you to Porto!

The Organising Committee

2017 IAFL conference travel awards

Posted on the 20th Mar 2017 in the category Press Release

Dear all

I’m delighted to announce the outcome for the 2017 IAFL conference travel awards.

As has become our tradition the awards committee was chaired by the IAFL Vice President, this year Georgina Heydon, and I’d like to thank her and her committee for their diligent work. I should also like to thank all those who applied and although not everyone can be successful in their application, I know that the standard was very high and that we can all look forward to an excellent set of papers at the forthcoming conference.

The IAFL awards committee, has selected the following applicants to receive the awards:

Roger Shuy Award - Esther Wangui Kimani for their paper on “An Honourable Suspect”: (In)Congruity As Legitimization In The International Criminal Court.

Malcolm Coulthard Award - Nicole Payan for their paper on The Least I Can Do Is Speak Out: Projecting Voice Through Aboriginal Oral Traditions.

Teresa M. Turell Award - M. Teresita Adriana Reyes Careaga for their paper on A proposal to classify a forensic speech database in Spanish according to linguistic characteristics.

IAFL Porto Awards

Cristina Greco for their paper on The Falange Armata Letters: Authorship Profiling of Linguistic Markers of Style and Ideology in Italian Terrorist Communication.

Olumide Popoola for their paper on Genre violation as an indicator of deception in online reviews.

Anna Carolina Land Corrêa for their paper on Does “social group” help us elaborate refugee-related policies?

Congratulations to all – I look forward to hearing from you all in July.


As IAFL President

GSFL Roundtable 2017 2nd call for papers

Posted on the 28th Feb 2017 in the category Press Release


August 24th - August 27th, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark

The purpose of the GSFL Roundtable is to provide FL/FP researchers, educators, and practitioners the opportunity to present and discuss their work within an interdisciplinary, supportive, and respectful scholarly environment. Invited topics for paper and poster abstracts include but are not limited to the following four areas: Forensic Linguistics; Forensic Phonetics; The Law and Forensic Linguistics and Forensic Phonology; Education and Forensic Linguistics and Forensic Phonology. NB: Space will be given on a firstcome first served basis.


Dr. Jens Vedsted-Hansen (Department of Law, Aarhus University, DENMARK) Current challenges to the International Human Rights System: The European situation in view of the asylum and migration crisis

Dr. Bente Jacobsen (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, NORWAY) Court interpreting and pragmatics: A quest for accuracy

Dr. Marit Olave Riis-Johansen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NORWAY) Communicative dilemmas in police interviews of adult witnesses. A Discourse Analytic Approach to Investigative Interviewing

Dr. Mette Hjortshøj Sørensen (Aarhus University and Kriminalfonetik.dk, DENMARK) How Individual is the Individual Speaker: The Issues involved in Forensic Phonetic Comparisons of Single Speakers Against Background Populations.

Dr. Joanne Traynor (Essex Police Department, UNITED KINGDOM) Will your voice be heard? Exploring representations, constructs and recontextualization, during emergency calls to the police

All interested authors are requested to submit a 250-word abstract by June 1, 2017. To submit your abstract, please use the following link:


All submissions must be in either English, German, or Danish. After the deadline, all abstracts will be submitted to a blind review by a team of experts. For more information on the GSFL or the 2017GSFL Roundtable, please use this link: http://germanicsocietyforensiclinguistics.org/.

To encourage continuing interest in Forensic Linguistics, students are also warmly encouraged to attend the Emerging Scholars’ Day on August 24, 2017. please use the following link: http://germanicsocietyforensiclinguistics.org/emerging-scholars-day/

IAFL PORTO 2017 registration and accomodation

Posted on the 25th Jan 2017 in the category Press Release


13th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists on the theme of New Challenges for Forensic Linguists

Registration is now open for the 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists on the theme of New Challenges for Forensic Linguists. The conference, which is organised jointly by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Law of the University of Porto aims to identify and discuss new challenges facing Forensic Linguists by sharing the latest research in the field of forensic linguistics/language and the law. The meeting will be held from 10 to 14 July 2017.

An early bird and a regular rate are available. The early bird registration deadline is 15 April 2017). Registration after 15 April 2017 is subject to the regular rate

The fee includes access to all sessions, conference material, lunches and refreshments during the scheduled breaks, and Welcome Reception on Monday evening, 10 July. Not included in the Registration fee: accommodation, Conference Dinner and Excursions (14 July).

Please note that at least one presenter per paper is required to register and pay the Conference fee via the On-line Registration Form https://www.letras.up.pt/gi/eventos/registo.asp?tt=fa before 15 May 2017 so that the Conference programme can be made available in advance.

The organising committee has also negotiated discounted rates on several accommodation possibilities for conference delegates. For further information, visit the conference website http://web.letras.up.pt/IAFLPorto2017 or the webpage https://iaflporto2017.com/accommodation/

The conference will host very high quality papers, posters and colloquia, as well as a pre-conference workshop on authorship analysis (further details coming soon).

The official language of the 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists is English, with the exception of the special track on Portuguese Forensic Linguistics (in Portuguese).

We look forward to see you in Porto!

Obrigado. Até já!

IAFL Porto 2017 Organising Committee

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