IAFL 2014 Second CFP

IAFL2014 2nd CFP

IAFL 2014 Second Call for Papers

The Theme of the Conference:

“Forensic Linguistics/Language and the Law: Foundations & Future Avenues”

This conference essentially aims at exploring the linkages between the linguistic code and the jurisprudential apparatus in terms of their shared potential for heuristic effort and manipulative uses. Certain ancillary objectives include:

(a) examining the degree of theoretical autonomy in FL,

(b) assessing the contribution of FL achievements in terms of their utility as external and auxiliary source of judicial truth,

(c) discussing the universality of FL findings and the degree of culture-bound nature (e.g. to what extent does witness vulnerability manifest itself evenly across languages?).

Raising such serious theoretical issues in the presence of distinguished scholars of forensic linguistics will certainly assist both the participants and the attendees to gain new insights into FL theory and practice and discuss future research avenues, without losing sight of the cross-cultural perspective.


The organizers, therefore, invite proposals dealing with any FL-related areas including, but not necessarily limited to, any of the following broad topics:

  • Legal discourse/genres
  • Technicality in legal language
  • Police interview/ interrogation
  • Courtroom discourse
  • Authorship attribution/ Plagiarism
  • Courtroom interpreting and translation
  • Deception and fraud
  • Criminal profiling
  • Forensic transcription
  • Speaker Identification/Voice profiling
  • Language, politics, ideology, and law
  • Bilingual/multilingual courtrooms
  • Message distortion due to channel shift (oral-written) in investigation
  • Translation/Interpreting in legal settings
  • Automated treatment of legal corpora
  • Language syllabi for law students, etc.
  • Trademarks/intellectual property
  • Forensic phonetics
  • Language as evidence/Expert witness
  • Language and disadvantage before law
  • Minorities and vulnerable witness(es)

Analytical Approaches:

The organizers also encourage contributions from different perspectives including, but not necessarily limited to, any of the following broad analytical approaches:

  • (Critical) Discourse Analysis DA/CDA
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Genre Analysis
  • Ethnography/Ethnomethodology
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Pragmatics
  • Syntactic and Semantic approaches
  • Semiotics and multimodal approaches to discourse analysis
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Discursive psychology
  • Logic and Argumentation, etc.

Invited Keynote Speakers:

We are delighted to announce the following keynote speakers:

  • Professor Edward Finegan—University of Southern California, USA
  • Professor Ronald Butters—Duke University, USA
  • Professor Malcolm Coulthard—Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Professor Janet Ainsworth—Seattle University, USA
  • Professor Mounir Triki—University of Sfax, Tunisia
  • Professor Fatima-Zahra Lamrani—University of Mohamed V, Rabat, Morocco

Other speakers will be announced once they have confirmed their participation

Abstract Submission:

We invite anonymous abstracts for both PAPERS and POSTERS of no longer than 300 words, (with a short list of relevant references) dealing with the aforementioned sub-themes or any related aspect of forensic linguistics/ language and the law. We also welcome proposals for WORKSHOPS which will be allotted 90 minutes (abstracts should be within 600 words) and BOOK EXHIBITS.

PAPERS: Individual/joint papers are invited for presentations of 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussions.Abstracts will be double-blind peer-reviewed and should include sufficient details to allow reviewers to judge the scientific merits of the work.

POSTERS: Proposals for posters should be no longer than 300 words, including (with a short list of relevant references). Please note that unsuccessful paper proposals may be offered to be presented alternatively as posters. Posters should be A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) in portrait orientation.


The official languages of the conference are English, Arabic, and French. We assume that the language of the abstract will be the language of the presentation.

Submission Link:

Abstracts and proposals should be submitted electronically via the following EasyChair submission link:  https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=flffa2014 by no later than 31 May 2014.

To find more details on submission guidelines and procedures, please follow this link: https://forensiclinguisticstunisia.wordpress.com/events-in-2014/submissions/

Important dates:

Deadline for abstract submissions:           31st May 2014

Notification of acceptance/rejection:       30th June 2014


The conference will be held at Golden Tulip Hotelhttp://www.goldentulipsfax.com/en. The hotel is located in the heart of Sfax City. It’s a 5 minute walk from the railway of sfax and a 15 minute taxi/car ride from the Sfax-Thyna International Airport.

Accommodation and Transportation:

Follow this link: https://forensiclinguisticstunisia.wordpress.com/events-in-2014/ accommodation-transportation/


Should you have any inquiries, please contact us at:

– Ms. Takoua Becha via forensiclinguisticsflshs@gmail.com

or https://forensiclinguisticstunisia.wordpress.com/contact-4/

– Find us on Facebook

For further information, please visit us at https://forensiclinguisticstunisia.wordpress.com/

“Forensic Linguistics: Foundations and Future Avenues” is the first international conference on Forensic Linguistics/ language and the law to be co-sponsored by the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) in Africa and in the Arab world. http://www.iafl.org/conference.php

We look forward to reading your proposals!

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One Response to IAFL 2014 Second CFP

  1. Pingback: SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS—The Regional Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL 2014) | ForensicLab

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