Conference: Multilingualism, forensic linguistics, and law

This open conference at Litteraturhuset marks the launch of forensic linguistics as one of MultiLing's research fields, with Aneta Pavlenko as one of several highly esteemed scholars to take part.

Aneta Pavlenko (photo: private)

Aneta Pavlenko (photo: private)

What is forensic linguistics?

Forensic linguistics is a field at the intersection of language and law. It is a branch of applied linguistics that involves the application of linguistic knowledge, methods, approaches, and insights to the forensic context of law, crime investigation, trial, and judicial procedure. The researchers all bring to the field what they know best about linguistics, whether it is discourse analysis, phonetic analysis, speaker voice identification, or linguistic profiling. (Linguistic profiling is something that is not only done but also studied, with many forensic linguists deeply concerned about uses and misuses of linguistic profiling in asylum seeker cases.)


9:00–9:30  Opening remarks by Elizabeth Lanza

9:30–10:30  Keynote by Tanya Karoli Christensen, University of Copenhagen: On the evidentiary value of pragmatic discourse analysis of data: A Danish counter-terrorism case

10:30–11:00  Coffee break

11:00–13:00  Presentations

11:00–11:30  Predrag Dojčinovič, University of Connecticut: Language as evidence in international criminal trials: A cognitive perspective on the guilty mind of history, politics and culture from Nuremberg to the Hague

11:30–12:00  Dragana Spencer, University of Greenwich: Right to ‘competent’ interpretation in international criminal law proceedings: What role do judges play?

12:00–12:30  Bente Jacobsen, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences: Court interpreting: Key issues and concerns

12:30–13:00  Melissa Wallace, University of Texas at San Antonio: Improving Court Interpreter Certification Exams with Basic Concepts from Testing Theory

13:00–14:00   Lunch

14:00–16:00   Presentations

14:00–14:30  Tor Langbach, former judge and director general, The Norwegian Court Administration: Police interviews and court interpreting in Norway: my experience during a life in the courts

14:30–15:00  Marit Olave Riis-Johansen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology: The presentation of rights and obligations in Norwegian police interviews: A case study from an interview with a non-native speaker

15:00–15:30  Aneta Pavlenko, University of Oslo: The presentation of rights and obligations in police interviews in the USA

15:30–15:00  Katrina Mayfield, London Metropolitan Police & Luna Filipovic, University of East Anglia: Policies and Procedures in the context of the interpreter-assisted investigations

16:00–16:30  Kristina Kepinska Jakobsen: Providing Trauma Support within the Investigative Interview

16:30–17:30  Roundtable discussion

19:00  Conference dinner


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Published Aug. 29, 2017 12:08 PM - Last modified Sep. 19, 2017 1:52 PM