4th European Conference of the
IAFLL – International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguists
on the theme of
Rigour and Transparency in Forensic Linguistics
The University of Porto, in Portugal, will host the 4th European Conference of the IAFLL – International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics on the theme of Rigour and Transparency in Forensic Linguistics. The conference, which is organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, aims to engage the participants in the debate of rigour and transparency in Forensic Linguistics, and will be held from 18 to 21 July 2022.
2nd Call for Papers: Call deadline: 12 March 2022.
We invite abstract submissions for INDIVIDUAL PAPERS, POSTERS and COLLOQUIA, in English or in Portuguese. All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference.
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 submissions page by 12 March 2022. Please do not include your name, affiliation and email address in the abstract itself. Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by 7 April 2022. Acceptance of proposals may be limited to one paper per presenter if more than one proposal is submitted by the same author(s).
POSTERS: Proposals for posters of no more than 300 words, including references, should be sent via the submissions page by 12 March 2022. Posters, which will be on display during the conference, should be of A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) in portrait orientation. Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by 7 April 2022.
List of Topics
We invite submissions 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 policy and linguistic rights
- Offensive language and hate speech
- The linguist as expert witness
- Linguistic evidence and investigative linguistics:
- Forensic phonetics and speaker identification
- Forensic stylistics
- Linguistic determination of nationality
- Authorship analysis
- Plagiarism detection and analysis
- Trademark disputes
- Consumer product warnings
- Deception and fraud
- Other Related Sub-Themes:
- Computational Forensic Linguistics
- Online identities and interactive multimodal communication
- Multimodal approaches to forensic linguistics
- Intercultural mediation
- Comparative law
- Forensic communication
- Ethics and deontology in Forensic Linguistics
Official language: The official language of the 4th European Conference of the IAFLL – International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics on the theme of Rigour and Transparency in Forensic Linguistics is English. However, there will be a special track in Portuguese. To participate in this special track, please submit your abstract in Portuguese.
The keynote speakers will be announced soon.
University of Porto – Faculty of Arts and Humanities
The conference will be held in Porto (Portugal), at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. The Organising Committee is planning a live event so at this moment online attendance is not planned.
The 4th European Conference of the IAFLL, considering the state of the pandemic in Portugal at the moment (and that about 90% of the population is vaccinated), will be hosted live. No hybrid/online alternatives are planned at this stage, so only live attendance will be allowed. We may need to limit the number of participants if the context of the pandemic so requires.
All questions about submissions should be emailed to forensic.linguistics[at]letras.up.pt.