SECOND CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

3rd European Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists on the theme of Forensic Linguistics: Bridging the Gap(s) between Language and the Law

The Faculty of Arts/Faculty of Law of the University of Porto (Porto, Portugal) will host the 3rd European Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists on the theme of Forensic Linguistics: Bridging the Gap(s) between Language and the Law. The conference, which is organised jointly by the two Faculties, aims to bridge the gap(s) between language and the law by sharing the latest research in the field of forensic linguistics/language and the law, and will be held from 15 to 18 October 2012.

Call deadline: 30 April 2012.

We invite abstract submissions for PAPERS and POSTERS dealing with forensic linguistics / language and the law including, but not limited to:

  • Legal Languages
    • The history of legal languages
    • The role of literacy in legal languages
    • Legal genres
    • Critical approaches to legal languages
    • Language education for law professionals
  • Legal Discourse
    • Courtroom, police and prison discourse
    • Investigative interviewing
    • Multilingual matters in legal contexts
    • Power and the law
    • The comprehensibility of legal documents
    • Interviews with vulnerable witnesses in the legal system
  • Language minorities and the legal system
    • Linguistic disadvantage before the law
    • Courtroom interpreting and translation
    • Human rights matters
  • Law on language
    • Language rights
    • Offensive language
    • The linguist as expert witness
  • 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
    • Other Related Sub-Themes
  • Computational Forensic Linguistics
    • Intercultural mediation
    • Comparative law
    • Multimodal approaches to forensic linguistics

 

  1. INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Individual papers are invited for presentations of 20 minutes, with a further 10 minutes for questions. Abstracts of no more than 300 words, including references, should be sent via the conference website by 30 April 2012. Please do not include your name, affiliation and email address in the abstract itself. Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by 7 May 2012.
  2. POSTERS: Proposals for posters of no more than 300 words, including references, should be sent via the conference website by 30 April 2012. Posters should be of A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) in portrait orientation. Unsuccessful individual paper proposals may be invited for presentation alternatively as a poster, but original proposals for posters will be given priority. Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by 7 May 2012.

Official language: The official language of the 3rd European Conference of the IAFL on Forensic Linguistics / Language and the Law is English, with the exception of the special track on Portuguese Forensic Linguistics (in Portuguese).

COLLOQUIA:

  1. Special session on Forensic Linguistics in Portuguese-speaking countries (Official language: Portuguese).
  2. Special session to discuss Directive 2010/64/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 October 2010 on the right to interpreting and translation in criminal proceedings.

 

Scientific committee: Jordi Cicres, Virgínia Colares, Janet Cotterill, Malcolm Coulthard, Diana Eades, Edward Finegan, Tim Grant, Kate Haworth, Krzysztof Kredens, Nicci MacLeod, Belinda Maia, Luís Sarmento, Lawrence Solan

Organized by: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Law

Organising Committee: Belinda Maia (co-organiser), Rui Sousa-Silva (co-organiser), Rita Faria (co-organiser), Gustavo Laboreiro, Ana Paula Lopes, Fátima Silva, Jorge Teixeira

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