Call for papers IAFL conference, Guangzhou, China

Semal_(Bombax_ceiba)_flowers_in_Kolkata_W_IMG_4132The International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) and the Organizing Committee of IAFL12 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.

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 31 December 2014.

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

For further information, please see the conference website.

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