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International Association
of Forensic Linguists

8th Biennial Conference on Forensic Linguistics/Language and Law

12th-15thJuly 2007
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Plenary Speakers

Professor Malcolm Coulthard (speaker bio)
Professor of Forensic Linguistics and Director of Research, Aston University
Founding President of the International Association of Forensic Linguists

Professor Coulthard is the author or editor of a variety of books, including Discourse and Social Life, An Introduction to Discourse Analysis,and Texts and Practices: Readings in Critical Discourse Analysis, with Carmen Rosa Caldas-Coulthard. He has published widely in articles on forensic lingustics, including recent articles such as "Author Identification, Ideolect, and Linguistic Uniqueness," appearing in the December, 2004, issue of Applied Linguistics and "The Linguist as Expert Witness," appearing in the 2004 volume of Linguagem em (Dis)curso. The founding editor of Forensic Linguistics, he has served extensively as a linguistic expert in legal settings.

Professor Janet Ainsworth (speaker bio)
Professor of Law, Seattle University, School of Law

Professor Ainsworth writes on criminal law, procedure, juveniles, and criminal trial practice. Her articles and chapters on police interrogations, a topic of special interest in forensic linguistics, include a chapter (originally published in the Yale Law Journal), "In a Different Register: The Pragmatics of Powerlessness in Police Interrogation" in Richard Leo et al (eds.)The Miranda Debate: Law, Justice and Crime Control. She also frequently reviews books on various topics in language and law.

Special Plenary Panel Honoring the Work of Roger Shuy

In addition to the Plenary Speakers, IAFL 8 will also host a Plenary Panel honoring, extending, and responding to the work of Roger Shuy in forensic linguistics. Panel members will include Ron Butters, Bethany Dumas, Phil Gaines, Hannes Kniffka, Robert Leonard, Larry Solan, Peter Tiersma, Margaret van Naerssen, and Weiping Wu.