IAFL12 Second Call for Papers

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

International Association of Forensic Linguists


Deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 31 December 2014.

The International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) and the Organizing Committee of IAFL12 warmly invite submissions for the 12th biennial conference, to be hosted by Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), Guangzhou, China from 6 to 9 July 2015. At the request of members, the deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 31 December 2014.

Conference website: www.iafl12.org
Contact email: iafl12@gdufs.edu.cn

Travel Awards for Postgraduate Students: IAFL offers three travel awards for postgraduate students. Each award provides up to $1000 in support of travel and the waiving of registration fees. Information about the awards and the application process can be found under “Scholarships” at the conference website.

The conference offers a forum for presentations on all aspects of forensic linguistics and language and law, including but not limited to the following:

Language and the Legal Process
* Interviews with vulnerable witnesses in the legal system
* Communicative challenges of vulnerable witnesses
* Investigative interviewing
* Language testing of asylum seekers
* Police interviews and police language
* Pragmatics of police interrogations
* Bilingual courtrooms and second language issues within the legal system
* Courtroom interpreting and translating
* Courtroom interaction
* Language addressed to judge and jury in common law courtrooms

Language as Evidence
* Authorship analysis, attribution and plagiarism
* Forensic phonetics
* Forensic speaker identification and voice comparison
* Deception and fraud
* Forensic stylistics
* Prison language
* Forensic transcription
* Trademark disputes
* Consumer product warnings

Language, Crime and Law
* The language of legislation
* Comprehensibility, analysis, and interpretation of legal texts
* Language and disadvantage before the law
* Language minorities and the legal system
* Language rights
* Legal discourse and legal genres
* Multilingual matters in legal contexts
* Discourse analysis of legal resources
* History of legal languages

Research and Teaching
* Research into the practice, improvement, and ethics of expert testimony
* Presentation of linguistic evidence; the linguist as expert witness
* Legal interpreting and translation
* The teaching/testing of forensic linguistics/language and law
* Language education for law professionals

Computational Applications of Forensic Linguistics
* Computer corpora of statements, confessions, suicide notes, police
* Computational author identification or profiling
* Multimodal approaches to forensic linguistics

INDIVIDUAL PAPERS are invited for presentations of 20 minutes, with a further 10 minutes allowed for questions and answers. POSTERS are invited for presentation during the poster session. Posters should be of A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) in portrait orientation. To submit an abstract for an individual paper or poster, please visit “Online Submission” at the conference website. COLLOQUIA, scheduled for 2-hour blocks, with a maximum of two linked sessions. Colloquium organisers should allocate time for presentations, discussion and audience response. Organisers serve as the liaison between participants and conference organisers. Proposals should be 300-350 words long, with an indication of participants and a brief description of their contribution.

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

IAFL Biennial Conference 2015

Posted on the 7th Mar 2014 in the category Press Release

I am delighted to announce, on behalf of the executive committee of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, that Guangdong University of Foreign Studies will host the Association’s 12th biennial conference on its beautiful campus at the foot of Baiyun Mountain from July 6th to July 9th, 2015.

GDUFS is located in Guangzhou City, accessible by train from Hong Kong, 75 miles to the south, and by dozens of direct flights daily from Beijing, Shanghai, and other major Asian, Australian, European, and North American hubs.

The IAFL executive committee is excited at the prospect of this 12th biennial meeting and confident that members will be amply rewarded for attendance at our first biennial conference in Asia.

Keep an eye peeled for announcements of the conference website, with details about conference themes and arrangements. Links will be available through IAFL’s website (IAFL.org ) as soon as the conference website goes live.

I look forward to seeing most IAFL members at this biennial conference at GDUFS in Guangzhou!

Ed Finegan
President, International Association of Forensic Linguists

Brazil conference round-up

Posted on the 22nd Jan 2014 in the category Press Release

First and foremost, congratulations to all involved in organising the first international conference to be jointly sponsored by the newly formed Association for Language and Law for Portuguese Speakers (ALIDI) and the IAFL. Ably wrangled by Malcolm Coulthard and his team of "Blackshirts", Language and the Law – Bridging the Gaps took place in Florianópolis, Brazil, in December 2013 at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, and offered three full days of parallel programming in English and Portuguese, the two official languages of the conference.

The sunshine and tropical showers of the southern hemisphere’s late spring were a welcome relief to visitors from colder climes, especially those whose journeys were hampered and delayed by snow in the US. Florianópolis itself is as beautiful as advertised, offering places of interest for all tastes, from windswept beaches to colonial architecture and an 18th-century public market selling food and local handicrafts under the shade of a hundred-year-old fig tree.

The two plenary speakers gave excellent presentations. At the opening ceremony, Dr Ricardo Molina, Technical Director of IPESIT (Instituto de Pesquisa em Som, Imagem e Texto) spoke about the discipline of forensic phonetics. Dr Larry Solan, Don Forchelli Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, closed the conference with an entertaining and thought-provoking discussion of the effect of multilingualism on morality in legislation.

The conference’s theme of ‘Bridging the Gaps’ was reflected on many levels and offered a fertile ground for exploring the interdisciplinary nature of Forensic Linguistics. Attendees included representatives from a varied range of disciplines and professions, including academia, law and law enforcement, and the Brazilian delegates hosted colleagues from across the globe – from Chile, Spain, Portugal, the UK, the US, Poland, Finland, Qatar, and as far afield as South Africa, Hong Kong and Japan. As diverse as the nations represented were the subjects discussed: a comparison of the police caution in England and Wales, the US and Brazil; monolingual and multilingual authorship analysis/attribution in the UK, US and South Africa; forensic transcription practices in Spain; the increasing contributions of linguistic experts in Chilean legal and judicial contexts; the unique challenges of court interpreting in Poland, Finland, Hong Kong and Japan; the detection of academic and multilingual plagiarism in Brazil and Portugal; the language of police reports and interviews and the treatment of vulnerable witnesses in Brazil and the UK; forensic phonetics; the interpretation of legislative intent; legal translation; and the particular difficulties faced by pro se/pro per defendants in the UK and the US.

In conclusion, heartfelt thanks to everyone whose heroic efforts made this inaugural conference so enjoyable and successful. I look forward to seeing you all again at the second iteration in due course, to which the Organising Committee will doubtless turn their attention once they’ve had a much-deserved long lie down in a darkened room to recover from this one…

Lisa Rogers, Hofstra University

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