Forensic Linguistics Conference

Magnifying glass on a book / Image by Marco Verch on Flickr

UPDATE: The Conference has been moved to the Memorial Union (MU), Cochise Room (228). The first ASU Forensic Linguistics Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2019, on the Tempe campus. The keynote speaker, Professor Philip Gaines of Montana State University, will give an interview and interrogation workshop on Friday. Presentations and the keynote address will be held on Saturday.

The Department of English at ASU, which houses the linguistics program, will host the conference.

Forensic linguistics is a broad field in which language meets the law. We invite attendance and participation by anyone with an interest in any area of forensic linguistics, including but not limited to legal language, legal processes, linguistic evidence, author/speaker identification, forensic stylistics, linguistic dialectology, forensic phonetics, trademark issues, authorship and plagiarism.


The keynote speaker is Professor Philip Gaines of Montana State University, whose areas of specialization in forensic linguistics include police interrogation, false confessions and trial attorney discourse. On Friday, the keynote speaker will give an interview and interrogation workshop. A workshop on authorship analysis will follow, to be given by ASU Prof. Elly van Gelderen.

Students and professionals are invited to save the date to attend the conference and to submit a proposal to give an oral presentation at the conference.


The conference will be held Friday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Two workshops will be held on Friday afternoon; conference presentations and keynote speaker are on Saturday.

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Please feel free to contact us with any questions:

Organizers: Bootsie Martinez, Hae Park, and Elly van Gelderen

Image: "Magnifying glass on open book" by Marco Verch on Flickr.

Elizabeth "Bootsie" Martinez
Department of English
Memorial Union Cochise Room, 228