International Association of Forensic Linguistics (IAFL) conference

This year the conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguistics (IAFL) will be held in Melbourne from 1-5 July 2019. The information blurb is below. Note you have a little over a month to submit your abstract (due by 15 Feb).

If you come to IAFL, whether to present your own paper or just to listen to the many other fascinating presentations – why not stay on a few weeks for ICPhS, the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, which, among many other interesting themes, has a section on forensic phonetics.

IAFL Information

Abstracts are invited for IAFL 2019 by 15th February, 2019 – submit here.

The 14th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists will be held from 1st – 5th July, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia at RMIT University.

The IAFL 2019 Conference theme is Accessing justice through language.

The conference website is

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:

Call for Abstracts

This Call for Abstracts closes on 15th February, 2019.

Abstracts must be submitted via ConfTool

Some basic guidelines are provided below and specific instructions for using the submission tool can be found on the submission website. If you are submitting an abstract you will be required to create a user account. You can create a user account first and submit your abstract at another time.

Submission Deadline: 15th February, 2019, 4:00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (UTC +11 hours).


Abstracts are invited for individual papers, and posters. The deadline for abstract submission is 4:00 p.m. on 15th February, 2019 (AEDT; UTC+11). If you need to renew your membership or create a guest account, you should do so at least 3 hours before the submissions deadline, to allow for changes to take place in the system. Requests relating to membership or guest accounts later than this may mean that you are unable to submit your abstract by the deadline.

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; Transcription and Translation of Covert Recordings; 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.

POSTERS: 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.

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