Conference – 2017 Roundtable in Forensic Linguistics & Forensic Phonetics

copenhagenThe Germanic Society of Forensic Linguistics (GSFL), in cooperation with the University of Copenhagen and the University of Roskilde have announced the Fifth Roundtable in Forensic Linguistics and Forensic Phonetics, to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark from 24 to 27 August 2017.

Paper and poster abstracts are invited on any aspect of Forensic Linguistics or Forensic Phonetics research. Invited topics for paper and poster abstracts include but are not limited to the following four areas:

  • Forensic Linguistics
 – corpus analysis of forensic texts (e.g. confessions, courtroom transcripts, police protocols, suicide letters, threatening letters, hate mail, extortion letters, terrorist threats); author comparison, identification, and verification; plagiarism and deception detection; qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method approaches to the linguistic analysis of forensic texts; the language of (violent) offenders and/or victims
  • Forensic Phonetics
 – ear-witnesses and line-up procedures; speaker identification, discrimination, and voice comparison; perceptual speaker identification
foreign/second language speaker analysis; formant measurement, dynamics, and pattern identification; intra- and interspeaker variation; automatic speaker recognition; cross-linguistic voice comparison
  • Language and the Legal Process – 
courtroom interpreting and translating; language testing, citizenship, and asylum seekers; multilingualism and the legal system; language minorities and the law; legal discourse and legal text analysis;  investigative interviewing and/or interrogative practices;legal policies on presenting expert testimony and evidence; deception detection; statutory interpretation
  • Forensic Linguistics/ Forensic Phonetics, and Education
 – developing FL/FP programs and curricula; FL/FP instructional materials (textbooks audiovisual aids, corpora, etc.); developing ties with universities and professional organizations; interdisciplinary challenges and promises; the future of FL/FP education;
teaching ethical standards in FL/FP research and application.

All interested authors are requested to submit a 250-word abstract by 1 June 2017 using the  Abstract Submission Form. All submissions must be in either English or German. After the deadline, all abstracts will be submitted to blind review.

In addition, the “Emerging Scholars’ Day” is traditionally held on the first day of the GSFL Roundtable.  During this event, attendees have the opportunity to take part in a number of intensive workshops and courses offered by an international team of established scholars and practitioners from the areas of linguistics, law, and law enforcement.

For more information see the conference website.


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