Language Analysis in the Determination of National Origin

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Mon Jan 15 15:00:33 UTC 2007

Language Analysis in the Determination of National Origin

Date: 21-Jun-2007 - 21-Jun-2007
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact Person: Carolien van den Hazelkamp

Call Deadline: 16-Feb-2007

This workshop concerns the use of language analysis in determining the
country of origin of asylum applicants. Joint Summer Meeting 2007 of the
Society of Pidgin and Creole Linguistics and the Associao de Crioulos de
Base Lexical Portugesa e Espanhola Post conference Workshop in cooperation
with de Taalstudio: Language Analysis in the determination of national
origin 21 June 2007

Call for Papers

>>From June 17-20 2007, the joint SPCL/ACBLPE Summer Meeting will take place
at the University of Amsterdam. On June 21st the Organizing Committee, in
cooperation with de Taalstudio (, is organizing a post
conference workshop on Language Analysis in the determination of national
origin of refugees.

At the 2003 Summer Conference of the Society for Pidgin and Creole
Languages, a special session was organized about the use of language
analysis in assessing asylum applications by speakers of pidgin and creole
languages (one of the main speakers in this session was Jacques Arends).
This session provided a basis for the development of professional
standards. In June 2004, the Language and National Origin Group, an
international group of linguists published the Guidelines for the Use of
Language Analysis in Relation to Questions of National Origin in Refugee
Cases (see, the home page of the International Association
for Forensic Linguists). The guidelines provided a useful framework for
this new field, in which a lot of research still remains to be done.

Hereby, we invite abstracts for a 25 minute presentation on any topic
related to Language Analysis as it is used in the determination of origin
(and not limited to Creole or Pidgin languages).

Next to the presentation of papers, the workshop will also create plenty
of opportunity for face-to-face discussion and expertise-sharing.

If you would like to present a paper, please send an abstract before
February 16th 2007 by e-mail to cvdhazelkamp at By March 15
you will be notified whether your paper has been accepted.

For your abstract, please follow the following submission guidelines:

 Two electronic versions of your abstract (250-300 words) should be sent
to cvdhazelkamp at One should include your full affiliation
and contact details (listed at the top of the document), and the other
should be anonymous. Abstracts should be in MICROSOFT WORD or PDF
(however, PDF only if special fonts are involved). Please include any
audio-visual/IT requirements

The Organizing Committee of the joint SPCL/ACBLPE Summer Meeting
Chair: Hans den Besten

For all queries please contact
Carolien van den Hazelkamp at cvdhazelkamp at

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