International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis

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International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis:

Founded in 2000 by Professor Malcolm Coulthard, the International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis (ISSFLA) addresses topics to do with the role, shape and evidential value of language in legal and forensic contexts.

It was created in response to a growing demand for a course affording an overview of forensic linguistics while also laying solid foundations for a further study of this relatively new branch of applied linguistics.

The Summer School’s first edition took place at Anglia Polytechnic University and has been followed by editions in Birmingham and cities around the world (Barcelona, Kuala Lumpur, Lodz, Mainz, Manila and Porto).

2019 sees the seventeenth edition, held at Nottingham Trent University.

The city campus is in the heart of Nottingham, with easy access via rail, road and air, and plenty of attractions to discover during the evenings.

The Summer School addresses subjects within the broadly defined discipline of forensic linguistics, including the nature of legal language, forensic authorship analysis, linguistic copyright issues, plagiarism and its detection, and legal translation and interpreting.

We work with authentic language data and use real cases to illustrate theory.

We opt for maximum participant involvement, and encourage critical inquiry and debate.

This gives you the unique opportunity to interact directly with those responsible for recent developments in the field of language and the law and forensic linguistics.

Generally speaking, it is concerned with the role, shape and evidential value of language in legal and forensic settings.

Subjects have included:

  • analysis of legal discourse
  • structure and semantics of statutes and legal instruments
  • legal terminology
  • legal translation and interpreting
  • speech style in the courtroom
  • social organisation of conversation in legal settings
  • structure of cross-examination
  • socio-pragmatic aspects of interpreting in court
  • comprehensibility of legal instruments
  • language and disadvantage before the law
  • linguistic minorities and linguistic human rights
  • forensic text analysis
  • forensic speech science
  • trade name and domain name disputes.

Additional entry requirements

There are none as such. Anyone with an interest in forensic linguistics is welcome. Among the participants in previous years were civil servants, police officers, translators, a crime fiction author as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students of linguistics and other disciplines.

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Start Date: Mon 09th September 2019


Nottingham, NG1 4BU


9:00am - 5:00pm


1 week


Part time day


Certificate of Attendance



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