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Georgina Heydon takes readers step by step through the research process using case studies that draw on different types of forensic and legal language data such as police interviews, anonymous reports of sexual assault, threatening letters and justice stakeholder interviews. Each chapter is framed by a language problem arising from either forensic linguistic case work or a key issue in language and the law. Up-to-date research methods in forensic linguistics are presented, including authorship attribution using online corpora, practice-based linguistic analysis and experimental techniques.
This is an ideal companion for linguists who want to apply their skills to a forensic setting, practitioners in the legal and justice fields seeking to understand how linguistic analysis can support their work, and any student undertaking research in forensic linguistics within English language, linguistics, applied linguistics and legal studies.

Pre-conference briefing 3

This is the third in a series of brief messages with important information in the lead up to the conference.  Please ensure that you read each message carefully in order to enjoy a successful conference experience.

Today’s message has information about SUSTAINABILITY and JUSTICE INITIATIVES.

***NEWS FLASH: only 3 places left for the Old Melbourne Gaol tour! Download the Conference4me app and add the tour to ‘MyAgenda’ to secure your free ticket!***

This conference is contributing to the reduction of environmental impacts and furthering access to justice with several initiatives:
1. We are reducing paper waste by using the handy Conference4me app to provide access to abstracts and other material usually printed.  A printed program overview will be provided in your satchel, and printouts of abstracts will be posted outside the conference rooms for quick reference.  A complete set of printed abstracts will also be available at the registration desk.
2. We are reducing plastic bottle waste: there will be no bottled water provided at the conference.  Please bring your own water bottle, which can be re-filled with arguably the BEST drinking water in the world: Melbourne tap water! (Don’t take my word for it, go to
3. We are providing delegates with a keep-cup for hot drinks at morning and afternoon tea breaks. (Disposable cups will also be available.)
4. Our conference satchels are ‘Justice Bags’ which raise funds for justice-related charities in Australia.  They can also be taken home as a handy and stylish shopping bag that neatly stows in its own wallet.
5.  All catering is provided by the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, which raises funds for its vital support and advocacy work with asylum seekers in Australia through its corporate catering business.  The excellent food is vegetarian and sustainably sourced, with many vegan options and food labelling to assist dietary and responsible choices.
6. To support IAFL members who are reducing their travel-related carbon emissions, we will be live-streaming the keynote presentations whenever possible.

So, don’t forget to PACK A WATER BOTTLE in your checked luggage and we’ll do the rest to support the environment and grass-roots social justice.

Until next time, when we’ll be talking about the weather. Spoiler alert: it’s not summer here.

Georgina Heydon and
Your organisers of IAFL Conference 2019.

Pre-conference briefing 2

This is the second in a series of brief messages with important information in the lead up
to the conference.  Please ensure that you read each message carefully in order to enjoy a successful conference experience.

Today’s message has information about THE CONFERENCE VENUE.

(NOTE: WORKSHOP venue information will be posted separately on the WORKSHOPS page and emailed to the Monday WORKSHOP participants.)

BUT WAIT – have you downloaded the Conference4Me app yet?  See instructions in
the first briefing (below) and download the app to be one of the lucky people to take
a free tour of the National Trust’s Old Melbourne Gaol – read on for more

Building 16 map

* The Conference is being held at RMIT University’s City Campus at the intersection of Swanston and LaTrobe Streets. All the sessions of the conference will be held in the same set of rooms, all located on Level 7, Building 16. (NOTE: The WORKSHOPS on Monday are in the Old Magistrates Court, building 20, and the Old Council Chambers, Building 1)
* The campus is very central and easy to get to, but like all university campuses, it can be confusing to find the right building…
* You can get to the campus by taking a TRAIN to Melbourne Central Station (it is underground). Take the Swanston Street exit from the train station (not Elizabeth St). You can also take a TRAM to the intersection of Swanston Street and LaTrobe Street.
* Once you are at the intersection, look up and you’ll see the “Green Brain” building on the corner of Swanston and LaTrobe Streets – trust me, you can’t miss it – that is where we are holding the conference sessions.
* The formal name of our conference building is Storey Hall (Building 16) and the entrance is in Swanston Street.  Look for the multifaceted green perspex and glass facade, and there will be signage and a guide there to welcome you at the large glass doorway.
* NOTE that the entrance to Building 16 is NOT on the actual corner of the ‘Green Brain’ building – there is a separate facility on the corner.  Our entrance is a little further along Swanston Street.  Look for the BUILDING 16 sign.
* Once inside the building, take the lift (elevator) and press the LEVEL 7 button with the sign saying IAFL. This lift has buttons and doors on both sides and the floors on each side are inconsistently numbered. Choose wisely. (Think of it as a little warm up for your brain before the conference.)
* Once you have navigated the confusing lift situation, you are home and dry. Conference registration will be in the level 7 foyer as you come out of the lift, bathrooms to the left and the ‘Green Brain’ Conference Rooms 1 & 2 can be accessed to your right.
* All the other seminar rooms for the parallel sessions (S1, S2 and S3) are on the same floor as the Green Brain Conference Rooms, just across the foyer and lift lobby.  Signs and student volunteers will direct you on Tuesday after morning tea, or you can explore the rooms on Monday night, drink and canapé in hand.
* Food will be served in the foyer and adjoining areas.
* The Green Brain conference rooms are also the venue for Monday evening’s Welcome event from 5pm featuring human rights lawyer, social justice campaigner and author Julian Burnside.
* The Conference Registration desk will be open from 4pm in the Level 7 foyer of Building 16. For those attending the Old Melbourne Gaol Tour (see below), Conference registration will be available after the tour.
* Workshop participants will be sent separate emails about how to register early at their workshop venue.

And lastly…OMG!!! Free Gaol Tour Tickets!!



* If you want a complimentary ticket for the Old Melbourne Gaol (OMG) Tour, please download the Conference4Me app and add the OMG tour to your personal agenda.  There are 30 places available for this award-winning tour of a mid-19th Century Gaol, so the first 30 people to download the app and select the tour in their agenda will be registered.  Meet outside Building 16 at 3.40pm.  The tour starts at the OMG at 4pm sharp Monday 1st July,  (workshop participants going on the tour will be guided directly to the Old Melbourne Gaol before 4pm).  The Old Melbourne Gaol is a short walk across the campus from Building 16.

Until next time, when we’ll talk sustainability actions…

Georgina Heydon

Chair, Conference Committee

Pre-conference briefing 1

We will be posting brief messages with important information over the next few
days in the lead up to the conference.  Please ensure that you read each
message carefully in order to enjoy a successful conference experience.

Today, we are starting with PRESENTATIONS:

*The program and all abstracts are available via the Conference4me mobile app.

* Please download the app to your mobile device and select our conference from
the list of conferences when you open the app. The conference details are
updated regularly, but the most recently updated version can always be
accessed on your device when you are offline.

* We will only be able to support MS Powerpoint slides – sorry to the Prezi

* Please bring your MS Powerpoint presentation slides on a USB memory stick.

* If you are worried about losing your USB stick, you can email your slides to and we will store it in the cloud for you.
However, you still need to make sure it is loaded on the computer for your
session (see below).

* Make sure that your presentation file is loaded onto the computer in your
session room during the tea or lunch break before your session or at the start
of the day.

* We will have specialist technical support available at the start of each
day. If you have audio or video content, we suggest you arrive before 9am to
test your presentation. Otherwise, you may test your presentation during the
break before your session, as suggested above.

* We have requested wifi access for all participants and there will be a login
code available on registration.

That’s it for now!  Until tomorrow…

Georgina Heydon

Chair, Conference Committee

Equinox Publishing Supporting our Opening Night Event

Equinox Publishing have kindly offered to sponsor our opening night event.  Please come along to the opening night of the conference, on Monday 1st of July located in Story Hall, RMIT University. There will be drinks and nibbles provided, welcome speeches from dignitaries and committee members, and Equinox latest Linguistic journals available to browse and take home.

Equinox is an independent academic publisher based in Sheffield, UK, that produces books and journals for an international audience in humanities and social sciences. To find out more about Equinox, please visit their website 



IAFL Supports the Award for Best Forensic Linguistics Story in the Sisters in Crime 26th Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Competition

IAFL will once again be proudly sponsoring the Best Forensic Linguistics Story award, in the Sisters in Crime 26th annual Scarlet Stiletto Award, the national short-story competition for Australian women in crime and mystery writing.

These awards play a critical role in uncovering and supporting talented Australian women crime writers, and ensuring more of them are published.

Last years winner of the inaugural Best Forensic Linguistics Story award was journalist and author, Fin J Ross from Victoria. Her story “Deadly Ernestine” also took out the Simon & Schuster Second Prize ($1000), and the Melbourne Athenaeum’s Body in the Library Prize ($1000)Another of her stories, “Victory of Kyrnos”, won The Clan Destine Press Award for Cross Genre ($500).

Fin is a journalist, and co-author of two true-crime anthologies, Killer in the Family and Murder in the Family. Fin has two novels, Billings Better Bookstore and Brasserie and Wildwood Hall looking for a publishing home and is currently writing her first crime novel.

The winning stories from last years Scarlet Stiletto awards were launched as an e-book, Scarlet Stiletto; The Tenth Cut. It is available for purchase online, and we will have a printed copy available for conference attendees.

Fin J Ross (left) receiving the Best Forensic Linguistics Story award

We look forward to this years awards, and to sharing the Scarlet Stiletto: Tenth Cut at IAFL19. In the meantime, you can find out more about the awards on the Sisters in Crime website here





The Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) supports scholarships for members to attend IAFL19

We are proud to have partnered with the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT), who have kindly supported two IAFL members with scholarships to attend this years conference in Melbourne.

The Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) is the national association for the translating and interpreting profession. To find out more about AUSIT visit their website here.

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