First call for papers: 9th Biennial IAFL Conference on Forensic Linguistics/Language and Law July 6-9, 2009

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Tue Jul 15 18:01:29 UTC 2008


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Dear all,

The Department of Language and Communication at VU University
Amsterdam<>would like to invite papers for the 9th
IAFL <> Conference on Forensic Linguistics/Language and

Date: July 6-9, 2009

Call deadline: November 14, 2008

Location: VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Conference URL:

Contact Email: iafl09 at

We invite* individual papers and posters* that deal with all aspects of
forensic linguistics/language and law, including but not limited to topics
such as:

   - courtroom interaction
   - police interviews
   - courtroom interpreting and translating
   - the readability/comprehensibility of legal documents
   - the analysis/interpretation of legal texts
   - the communicative challenges of 'vulnerable' witnesses
   - language minorities and the legal system
   - the use of linguistic evidence in court
   - authorship/speaker identification
   - the teaching/testing of forensic linguistics/language and law

Presentations will be 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions and

Abstracts should be 300-350 words and can be submitted electronically at the
conference website

We also invite proposals for* thematic sessions *which are scheduled for
2-hour blocks. Organizers may organize as they choose, but time should be
allocated for presentations, discussion and audience response. Proposals
with an indication of participants and a brief description of their
contributions may be submitted electronically at the conference website:

Important dates:

November 14, 2008:   Abstracts are due

January, 2009:            Notification of acceptance of papers.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Organizing Committee: Martha Komter, Joyce Lamerichs, Esther Pascual, Keun
Young Sliedrecht, Petra Sneijder, Olga Steenhoek-Kolbasina, Tessa van
Charldorp, Fleur van der Houwen.

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