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BAAL / Cambridge University Press Applied Linguistics Seminar Programme 2017-2018 Forensic Intersections: Interdisciplinary and Multimethod Studies in Language and Law


Date: 20 April 2018, 9:30-17:00

Venue: The Crime and Security Research Institute, Cardiff University

Description: Forensic linguistics is a field that is rapidly expanding and diversifying. In tandem to the disciplinary expansion of forensic linguistics, a number of other scholarly traditions from both within and without language studies have recently found scholarly salience in legal language. We believe that the study of the language of the law is greatly strengthened through intersections, where scholars work together across disciplines, mixing methods, and ensuring robust analysis by triangulating data sources. This seminar will highlight the array of work now being undertaken at the legal-linguistics interface, with new approaches and methods being applied to powerful, socially fundamental texts. Five papers have been confirmed, with more to follow:

  • Federica Formato (Lancaster University/Edge Hill University): Addressing a void in the law: A linguistic investigation of femminicidio in the Italian media through a multimethod analysis
  • David Griffin (Cardiff University): A genre analysis framework for the examination of Sovereign Citizen pseudolegal texts
  • Stuart Macdonald and Nuria Lorenzo-Dus (Swansea University): Purposive and performative persuasion: The linguistic basis for criminalising the encouragement of terrorism
  • Jemina Napier (Heriot-Watt University): The merits of triangulation: Investigating legal interpreting with deaf sign language users
  • David Wright (Nottingham Trent University): “Two guys asked me ‘how old are you babe?’”: Linguistic, psychological and legal perspectives on the street harassment of children

Call for participation: Registration for this event is now open. The seminar fee is £30 for delegates, or £20 for student members of BAAL. This rate includes refreshments and lunch. Visit to register your place now. Registration closes on 18 April 2018.

Seminar Co-ordinators: Amanda Potts [contact:], Michelle Aldridge-Waddon, Chris Heffer, Frances Rock; Cardiff University


CaLL: CARDIFF LANGUAGE AND LAW: A Forensic Linguistic Research Network

ONE DAY SYMPOSIUM:   “Expertise in language and law”: Friday 27th November 2015

This symposium was part of the 2015 CaLL Advanced Research Residency in Language and Law.

Guest speakers were: Professor Martin Innes, Cardiff University; Dr Helen Fraser, Forensic Phonetics, Australia; Professor Harry Collins, Cardiff University; Professor Lorna Fadden, Simon Fraser University; Professor Lawrence M Solan, Brooklyn Law School

The event will promote inter-disciplinary discussions from academics and practitioners on all areas of expertise within language and communication along the legal path.

Here is the programme for the Symposium so that you can find out more about the diverse activities which took place:

Symposium schedule

This event was followed by Corpus Approaches to Public and Professional Discourse (CLS10). More information at: