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German Society for Forensic Linguistics Roundtable

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The German Society for Forensic Linguistics (GSFL) has just announced an event indirectly relevant to legal translation which explores issues of language, evidence, multilingualism and the law, and court interpreting.

The Fourth Annual Roundtable on Forensic Linguistics and Phonetics is going to take place on August 26th – August 28th in Mainz, Germany. The call for papers has just been announced. The purpose of the GSFL Roundtable is to provide FL/FP researchers, educators, and practitioners the opportunity to present and discuss their work within an interdisciplinary, supportive, and respectful scholarly environment.

Students are also invited to present their work at a special Student Day. During this event, undergraduate and graduate students will have an opportunity to present their work and receive constructive feedback from peers and scholars in the field. All interested authors are requested to submit a 250-word abstract by June 10th , 2016. Abstracts can be submitted on the following link: <http://www.gsfl.info/roundtable–16.html>

Paper and poster abstracts are invited in any of the following divisions:

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 Phonetics

– Speaker discrimination

– Perceptual speaker identification

– Foreign/second language speaker and identification

– Formant measurement, dynamics, and pattern identification

– Intra- and interspeaker variation

– Automatic speaker recognition

– Cross-linguistic voice recognition

Forensic Linguistics/Phonetics, the Law, and the Legal Process

– Earwitnesses and lineup procedures

– 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

– deception detection in interviews

– statutory interpretation

– plain language movements

Forensic Linguistics/Phonetics and Education

– Developing FL/FP 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

– Teaching ethical standards in FL/FP research and application

For more information on the GSFL or the 2016GSFL Roundtable, please click here: http://www.gsfl.info/home.html.

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