Roundtable in Forensic Linguistics 2014


The Germanic Society of Forensic Linguistics (GSFL) is pleased to announce the second call for papers for the Second Annual Roundtable in Forensic Linguistics.
September 5th ­‐ 7th in Mainz, Germany



The purpose of the GSFL Roundtable is to provide researchers, teachers, and practitioners working within all sub-­areas of forensic linguistics the opportunity to present and discuss their work within an interdisciplinary setting. 

Confirmed guest speakers include the following: 


PresenterInstitutionPresentation Title
Detective Marie Allen

South Yorkshire Police, 

Great Britain   

Police Jargon: More than words can say?    
Dr. Susan Blackwell   

Language Consultancy Desk,

Great Britain    

Language in the service of lawfare: the 'working definition of antisemitism' of
the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC)
 
  
Dr. Brigitte Eisenwort   
Medical University of Vienna [Medizinische Universität Wien], Austria    
The Vienna Corpus of Suicide Notes: Collection of data, themes and measurement of cognitive constriction    
Dr. Fleur van der Houwen 
VU University of Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam), the Netherlands 
Inquisitorial criminal court: no jury, no cross examination but an active judge (and prosecutor)


For information on the guest speakers and the abstracts for their talks, please click on the respective name in the table.



To encourage continuing interest in the Forensic Linguistics, students are also warmly encouraged to present their work for a special student forum. During this session, undergraduate and graduate students will have an opportunity to present their work and receive constructive feedback from peers and scholars in the field. The first day of the 2014GSFL will be devoted to special informational sessions for students interested in pursuing graduate level work in Forensic Linguistics.  Among the topics which will be covered during these special sessions are the following:


Special Student Sessions

- Academic writing: How do I get published?

- Graduate schools over degrees in Forensic Linguistics

- Professional advice for FL students interested in working inside or outside of a traditional university system




For FL academics interested in submitting an abstract proposal for a possible paper or poster presentation, abstracts are invited in any of the following areas:


Forensic Linguistics

- Speaker identification and voice comparison
- Authorship identification, verification, and attribution
- Detecting plagiarism
- Computational methods of linguistic profiling
- Corpus analysis of forensic texts (e.g. confessions, courtroom transcripts, police protocols, suicide letters, threatening letters)
​- The language of (violent) offenders and/or victims


Forensic Linguistics, the Law, and the Legal Process
- Translating and Interpreting the law
- Courtroom interpreting and translating
- Multilingualism and the legal system
- Language minorities and the law
- Legal discourse and legal texts
- Language testing, citizenship, and asylum
- Investigative interviewing and/or interrogative practices
- Legal policies on presenting expert witness testimony and evidence


Forensic Linguistics and Education
- Developing FL programs and curricula
- FL instructional materials (textbooks, audiovisual aids, corpora, etc.)
- Developing ties with universities and professional organizations
- Interdisciplinary challenges and promises
​- The future of FL education inside and outside of Europe


​To encourage continuing interest in the Forensic Linguistics, students are also warmly encouraged to present their work for a special student forum. During this session, undergraduate and graduate students will have an opportunity to present their work and receive constructive feedback from peers and scholars in the field.
For more details on the submission procedure, please read our call for papers. The submission deadline is June 15, 2014.


Prices for the Roundtable are:


1 day   2 days   3 days  
Student55€100€150€
Non-student70€130€190€


For GSFL members the prices are:


1 day   2 days   3 days  
Student50€95€145€
Non-student60€120€180€

​The fees each include conference materials, coffee breaks and lunch.

Fees are payable by bank transfer. The payment details are given to you in the registration process.

Please note that as long as the fees have not been payed in full, your registration is not finalized with a guaranteed space at the GSFL2014.


The venue for the Roundtable in 2014 is the same as in 2013. We will be meeting in the InterCity Hotel in Mainz, Germany.