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63rd Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association

St. John's University, New York City
flag20th Apr 2018 - 22nd Apr 2018

When: April 20-22, 2018

Where: St. John’s University, New York City

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 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,; Kathleen O'Connor-Bater,

flag 1st Southern African Regional Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists

Lagoon Beach Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
flag16th Apr 2018 - 17th Apr 2018

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:

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

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