Call for papers __________________________________________________


The International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) invites submissions for the eleventh biennial conference, to be hosted by The Language Engineering Group (GIL) at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City. Location: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City

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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
  • Judicial matters
  • Language testing of asylum seekers
  • Police interviews
  • Pragmatics of police interrogations
  • Bilingual courtrooms and second language issues within the legal system
  • Courtroom interpreting and translating
  • Courtroom interaction
  • Police language
  • Prison language
  • Language addressed to the 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
  • Forensic transcription
  • Expert witnesses

Language, Crime and Law

  • Veracity in language
  • The language of legislation
  • Comprehensibility of legal documents
  • Analysis/interpretation of legal texts
  • Language and disadvantage before the law
  • Language minorities and the legal system
  • Language rights
  • Legal discourse
  • Multilingual matters in legal contexts
  • Discourse analysis of legal resources
  • Legal genres
  • History of legal languages

Research / Teaching

  • Research into the practice, improvement, and ethics of expert testimony and the presentation of linguistic evidence, as well as legal interpreting and translation
  • The linguist as expert witness
  • The teaching / testing of forensic linguistics / language and law
  • Language education for law professionals

Computational Linguistics

  • Collecting a computer corpus of statements, confessions, suicide notes, police
  • Computational author identification or profiling
  • Computational forensic linguistics
  • Multimodal approaches to forensic linguistics

Other Related Topics

  • Applied linguistics in law
  • Consumer product warnings
  • Intercultural matters and mediation in legal contexts
  • Trademark disputes
  • Variations in courts / countries / jurisdictions
  • Power and the law
  • Offensive language

INDIVIDUAL PAPERS are invited for presentations of 20 minutes, with a further 10 minutes allowed for questions and answers.

POSTERS are invited for presentation during the poster session. Posters should be of A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) in portrait orientation.
To submit an abstract for an individual paper or poster, please follow the steps below:

  • Create an account in
If you already have an EasyChair account, you do not need to establish another one; instead, use the link above to submit your abstract.

  • Submit your abstract using the “New submission” option. Type your working title and abstract in the “Title, abstract and other information” box. If you are submitting a poster, specify this by writing POSTER between parentheses after your working title. Abstracts should be 300-350 words long, including references.
  • DO NOT upload ANY documents, including in the “Upload Paper” section. Instead, after you type in your information and abstract, click the “Abstract only” box at the end of the “New Submission” page.

Select proposals that cannot be accommodated in a regular 20-minute slot may be invited as poster presentations.

COLLOQUIA, scheduled for 2-hour blocks, with a maximum of two linked sessions. Organisers may organise as they choose, but time should be allocated for presentations, discussion and audience response. Organisers serve as the liaison between participants and the conference organisers. Proposals will also be reviewed by the scientific committee. Proposals should be 300-350 words long, with an indication of participants and a brief description of their contribution. They should be submitted at following the steps above and writing COLLOQUIA between parentheses after the working title.



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