Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – Forensic Linguistics Workshop (Abstracts, pdf)

8h45-9h   Opening and Welcome, Jennifer Mnookin, Dean UCLA Law School
9h-9h30   Janet Ainsworth, "I Just Got Called by a Lawyer Who Wants Me to Help in Her Case": Seven Ethical Issues of Concern in Serving as an Expert Witness in Litigation
9h30-10h   Julien Longhi, Using textometry and semantic forms to characterize documents and help with authorship attribution: A digital semiotic analysis
10h-10h30   Dominique Lagorgette, Freedom of speech or verbal assault? Forensic linguistics in press trials in France-a summary
10h30-11h   Luping Zhang, The defences of infringements of reputation right in China. A perspective of linguistic expert

  Coffee Break

11h30-12h   Eilika Fobbe, Identifying a fake non-native speaker competence in authorship profiling
12h30-13h   Hans van Halteren, The language of love: Romance fiction in the BNC
13h-13h30   Heinrich Wack, Gea de Jong-Lendle, Roland Kehrein, Kjartan Beier, Ramona Kaul, Paula Rinke, Lukas Cohrs & Laura Schmidt,
Auditory Motorcycle Recognition by Experts

  Lunch Break

14h30-15h   Benjamin Duncan, Catching Predators: A forensic linguistic profile of child sex offenders’ texts
15h-15h30   Martina Nicklaus & Dieter Stein, Child abuse: The linguistics of reliability in non-adult witnesses
15h30-16h   Victoria Guillén, "What else can you do to pass…?" A pragmatics-based approach to quid-pro-quo sexual harassment
16h-16h30   Monika Zasko-Zielinska, The Polish corpus of suicide notes: Research results and their potential usage for forensic linguistics purposes
16h30-17h   Coffee break

17h-17h30   Larry Solan, Can Corpus Linguistic Analysis Make a Science of Legal Interpretation?
17h30-19h   Round-table: Issues of research, training and ethics in forensic linguistics, Janet Ainsworth, Eilika Fobbe, Victoria Guillén, Larry Solan, Hans van Halteren, Dieter Stein, Luping Zhang
19h-19h30   Closing


Thursday, September 12, 2019

17h-17h15   Welcome and Introduction

The Pioneering Work of David Mellinkoff
Professor Michael Asimow: David Mellinkoff, scholar and friend
Professor Dieter Stein:
A discipline evolving: Mellinkoff and beyond
Professor Meizhen Liao and Dean Qing Zhang:
The international impact of Mellinkoff, translating The Language of the Law into Chinese
Chair: Frances Olsen

19h00   Reception


Friday, September 13, 2019

9h15-9h30   Welcome and Introduction
9h30-10h45   Keynote Address: Professor Anna Arzoumanov, Université Paris-Sorbonne

Freedom of art in French legal proceedings: a discourse analysis perspective
10h45-11h   Coffee Break



P1 - Legal Theory: Meaning and Effects of Law
Chair: Dieter Stein

  • Izabela Skoczen, The meaning of law
  • Ralf Poscher, Meaning, Legal Meaning and Legal Effect: Assigning Intentionalism Its Place in Law

P2 - The Language of Harassment, Discrimination and Violence
Chair: Victoria Guillén Nieto

  • Janet Ainsworth, "He Said, She Heard": A Social Interactional Account of Verbal Sexual Harassment
  • Victoria Guillen Nieto, Genre-hybridisation forms in the language of harassment
  • Nadir Chagas, Construing the experience of Domestic violence through language: An analysis of the iconic Maria de Penha’s narrative
  • Beatrice Fracchiolla, To tell oneself, to be told, and to become: The linguistic question of address to women at the crossroads of the law

P3 - Linguistic Corpora in the Law
Organizer and Chair: Steven Mouritsen

  • Clark Cunningham, Scientific Methods for Analyzing Original Meaning: Corpus Linguistics and the Emoluments Clauses
  • Brian Slocum & Stefan Gries, Corpus Evidence of the Meaning of "Sex" in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(a)(1)
  • Noor Abbady, Corpus Analysis of Article III's Cases and Controversies Requirement
  • Jeanne Fromer, Are We Running Out of Trademarks?

Lunch Break

13h30-14h45   Keynote Address: Professor Laurence R. Horn, Yale University
Puffery, Bluffery, and Bullshit: A Natural History of the Legal Bluff
14h45-15h   Coffee Break



P4 - Legal Theory in Politicized Contexts
Chair: Ralf Poscher

  • James Vanden Bosch, Heller (2008) and the Language of the Second Amendment: Syntax, Semantics, Canonical Conventions, and Originalism
  • Sofia Zuluaga Vivas, Understanding the Right to Peace in the Colombian Constitution
    Lawrence Solan,
    The Moral Equivalent of X: Linguistic Indications of Morality in Legal Judgments

P5 - Research on Law, Language and Discourse in the French-speaking world: Discursive approaches
Chair: Martina Nicklaus

  • Olga Galatanu, The contribution of semantico-discursive analysis of the argumentative potential of lexical entities to the resolution of interpretation conflicts of legal discourse in judicial practices.
  • Mary Catherine Lavissière, Iconicity and Text Coherence in Legal Spanish: the case of Gustave Guillaume's -R- and prospective shifts in law articles
  • Arthur Joyeux, Pour comprendre le "principe de subsidiarité" en droit de l'union européenne: les apports d'une sémantique discursive comparée"
  • Béatrice Fracchiolla, Ce que la loi instituant le «mariage pour tous» a changé: une approche sociolingusitique du droit en France

P6 - Translation and Problems with Interpretation
Chair: Anne Lise Kjær

  • Anna Kizińska & Katarzyna Cybulska-Gómez de Celis, Translation Methods Used in Translation of Incongruent Criminal Law Terms Under Polish and British Legal Systems
  • Stanley Madonsela, Riddles, Meanings and cognitive development: Conflicts emanating from the translation and interpretation of the term domicile for consumers in the South African context


P7 - Research on Law, Language and Discourse in the French-speaking world: Comparative and translatory approaches
Chair: Martina Nicklaus

  • Simon Roy, When a code is not a "code": the different languages of codification in Québec
  • Margarete Durr, La relation entre droit et langue dans un contexte biculturel et bijuridique dans la perspective traductologique
  • Paulina Nowak-Korcz, Évolution et l’influence de l’héritage historique sur les spécificités discursives et les fonctions de la motivation de décisions de justice polonaise et française

P8 - Linguistics and Spoken Language in criminal prosecution of youth and Evaluation of Emotions

  • Tara Suri, "Do You Understand These Charges?": How Procedural Communication in Youth Criminal Justice Court Violates the Rights of Young Offenders in Canada
  • Annina Heini, The role of the Appropriate Adults in police interviews with juvenile suspects in England and Wales
  • Linshuang Yao, Premeditation or Heat of Passion: Goal-oriented conceptual blending in the categorization of the criminals’ emotion to kill

Hors d'oeuvress


Saturday, September 14, 2019

9h15-9h30   Introduction
9h30-10h45   Keynote Address: Professor Janet Ainsworth, Seattle University
What is a Promise?: A Case Study of how Speech Act Theory Could Promote Better Legal Analysis
10h45-11h   Coffee Break



P9 - Legal Interpretation I
Chair: Friedemann Vogel

  • Laura Hartwell, I would think: Marks of positioning in Supreme Court oral arguments
  • Brian Slocum, "Avoiding" Judicial Activism: The Supreme Court’s Unconvincing Efforts to Restrict the Scope of the Avoidance Canon
  • Stanislaw Gozdz-Roszkowski, Freedom of Religion or Discrimination? A comparative look at value-based argumentation before the US Supreme Court and Poland’s Constitutional Court
  • Manuel Triano-Lopez, Claiming breached promises in U.S. higher education under consumer-fraud statutes

P10 - Translation, Cross-culture and Legal Change
Chair: Peter Reich

  • Joanna Osiejewicz, Legal Communication of the European Court of Human Rights: a mechanism for the contemporization of social and legal concepts
  • Leticia Martelli, Legal Education Reform in Brazil: going beyond Legal English terminology
  • Agnieszka Doczekalska, Cross-cultural translation of Japanese system-bound terms - lost or gained in translation

Chair and Introducer: Dieter Stein

  • 11h-11h35
    Janet Giltrow, Pragmatic Approaches to Judicial Opinion
  • 11h40-12h15
    John Baugh, Linguistics, Life, and Death

Lunch Break



P11 - Legal Interpretation II
Chair: Hanjo Hamann

  • Jacob Livingston Slosser, Notes from the Legal Laboratory: An Experimental Approach to the Effect of Framing on Judgment and Precedent Choice
  • Andrea Preziosi, Defining concepts in law: The limits of definitions and the persuasive power to define
  • Jennifer Smolka & Benedikt Pirker, Pragmatics and Argumentation and the Interpretation of International Law – A Relevance Theory-Based Approach

P12 - Multilingualism and Problems of Equality for Minority Languages
Chair: Janet Giltrow

  • Janny Leung, Legal Multilingualism: Causes and Consequences
  • Sylvia Reznikova, Equality for minority languages in Scots law


P13 - Courtroom Discourse Analysis: Linguistics of Spoken Legal Discourse
Chair: Luping Zhang

  • Magdalena Szczyrbak, Claims of Knowledge and No-knowledge in the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing: Focus on Know, Recall and Remember
  • Luping Zhang, A Study on the Construction of Case facts in Courtroom Interaction
  • Gatitu Kiguru, Witness Resistance versus Acquiescence in Cross-Examination Discourse: Insights from Kenyan Courts
  • Zhang Qing, Introduction to Current Situation and Prospect of Forensic Linguistics Study in China

Coffee Break



P14 - Legal Theory: Personhood, Privacy and Cybercrime
Chair: Anne Lise Kjær

  • Jose-Maria Guerra, An onticist approach to legal theory: making a case for electronic personhood
  • Daniel Leisser, Strategic indeterminacy and online privacy policies: (un)informed consent and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Patrizia Anesa, Lovextortion: Persuasion Strategies in Romance Cybercrime

P15 - Courtroom Discourse Analysis: China, U.S. and Taiwan
Chair: Luping Zhang

  • Eva Ng, English trials heard by Chinese jurors: An experimental study on jury comprehension in Hong Kong
  • Cheima Bouchrara, Persuasion in Courtroom Discourse: Uncovering Discursive and Linguistic Patterns in Closing Arguments in the US Criminal Trials
  • Jingqiu He, Covert Resistance to Power: Mitigation Strategies in Defendants’ Discourse in Chinese Criminal Trials
  • Ting-Wei Zhang, The Power and Discourse in Courtrooms: A Linguistic Study of Taiwan's Supreme Court oral argument on same-sex Marriage

Closing and General Meeting

  • Friedemann Vogel, Legal Linguistics Around the World: Challenges and New Perspectives for the International Language and Law Association. Towards an PhD Training Network about "The Genesis of Legal Norms in the European Union"
  • General Meeting of ILLA