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Date: 02-Apr-2019
From: Ikuko Nakane <>
Subject: 14th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists
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Full Title: 14th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists
Short Title: IAFL 2019

Date: 01-Jul-2019 - 05-Jul-2019
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Contact Person: Georgina Heydon
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Forensic Linguistics

Call Deadline: 26-Apr-2019

Meeting Description:

The purpose of the IAFL is to improve the administration of the legal systems throughout the world by means of a better understanding of the interaction between language and the law.

The 14th Biennial Conference of the IAFL will further the aims of the Association through its theme: Accessing justice through language.

Keynote speakers include A/Prof Janny HC Leung (University of Hong Kong), IAFL President A/Prof Georgina Heydon (RMIT University), Professor Janet Ainsworth (Seattle University), Dr Michael Walsh (University of Sydney), Dr Chris Heffer (Cardiff University), Professor Diana Eades (University of New England, Australia) and Dr Helen Fraser (Forensic Expert).

In addition to the main conference, half day workshops on a variety of topics will provide an opportunity for professional engagement and professional development training with the IAFL Conference in Melbourne.

Final Call for Papers:

Last Call for Abstracts: The 14th International Association of Forensic Linguists Conference (1 – 5 July 2019, Melbourne, Australia at RMIT University)

Abstracts are invited for IAFL 2019 by 26 April, 2019 Eastern Australian Time (UTC +10 hours). The IAFL 2019 Conference theme is Accessing justice through language. The conference website is

Abstracts must be submitted via ConfTool
If you are submitting an abstract you will be required to create a user account and submit your abstract at another time.

Please note:

1) Early bird registration rate will not be available for this round of submissions.
2) If the submission is accepted, at least one presenter per paper is required to register and pay the Conference fee before 15 May 2019.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words are invited which address one or more of the conference sub-themes:

Language and the legal process Courtroom, police and prison discourse; Investigative interviewing; Power and the law; The comprehensibility of legal documents; Interviews with vulnerable witnesses in the legal system.
Linguistic evidence and investigative linguistics: Forensic phonetics and speaker identification; Forensic stylistics; Linguistic determination of nationality; Authorship analysis; Plagiarism; Trademark disputes; Consumer product warnings; Deception and fraud.
Interpreting and translating in legal contexts: Multilingual matters in legal contexts; Linguistic disadvantage before the law; Language minorities and the legal system.
The language of the law: The history of legal languages; Legal genres; Critical approaches to legal languages; Language policy and language rights; Offensive language.
Education and training: The role of literacy in legal languages; Language education for law professionals; School-based program for language awareness.
Other Related Sub-Themes: Computational Forensic Linguistics; Cybercrime; Online identities and interactive multimodal communication; Multimodal approaches to forensic linguistics; Intercultural mediation; Comparative law.

Individual Papers:

Papers are formal presentations on a contribution of original knowledge by one or more authors within a thirty-minute period, including 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Paper presentations will be organized into sessions of 2-3 papers grouped by strand or theme.
All presenters must present their work during their scheduled time. No time changes will be allowed even if the previous presenter is absent or has finished early. Each presenter must make sure that they respect their allocated time in order to allow for the other presenters in the session to set up their equipment and start on time.


Poster presentations are intended for face-to-face discussions of research. Posters are especially effective for information that can be presented visually (e.g. charts, graphs, tables, diagrams). Prospective presenters are encouraged to consider posters, because of the opportunity they provide for extended discussion with other researchers. There will be a designated poster session scheduled, and presenters are required to be present at their posters during the session. For the rest of the period, presenters may choose to stay at their poster board at their discretion.

Organising Committee:

Georgina Heydon (IAFL President), RMIT University
Ikuko Nakane, University of Melbourne
Peter Gray, Federal Court (ret.)
Greg Reinhardt, Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration

Contact email:

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