Conference 2019: "Contemporary Approaches to Legal Linguistics"

Call for papers



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The first conference of the Austrian Association for Legal Linguistics (ÖGRL) is entitled

Contemporary Approaches to Legal Linguistics

and will be held from 8.11.2019 to 10.11.2019 at the University of Vienna, Austria.


It will host original and high-quality presentations covering a wide range of topics within the field of legal linguistics which may include, but is not limited to, the following areas of research:

Law and language: Legal semiotics, semantics and pragmatics, European legal linguistics, statutory interpretation and judicial discretion, legislative drafting, law and computer-mediated communication, investigative interrogation, courtroom interpreting and legal translation, asylum law, asylum procedure and human rights, the philosophy of language and law, the representation of gender in legal language, research ethics in legal linguistics, language change and the law, legal corpus linguistics. 

Law and language in education: Legal curricula development in secondary and tertiary education, Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in legal education, teaching law in the multilingual classroom, interdisciplinary aspects of legal language learning, legal aptitude testing and admission tests, learner corpora, the ethics of legal language teaching.

Forensic linguistics: Issues in forensic linguistics and forensic phonetics, discourse analysis, authorship analysis and speaker identification, linguistic profiling, corpus analysis in forensic contexts, speaker variation and speaker recognition, the language of defendants, victims and the judiciary, expert testimony and linguistic evidence, critical discourse analysis in forensic settings.


For a formal paper presentation of 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes discussion), or for a poster presentation, applicants are required to submit an abstract of between 200 and 250 words, including the title, theoretical background, research question(s) and methodology of their project. Please also include 4-5 keywords and a short list of key references. Applications may be in English or German.

Applicants may submit two abstracts, provided one of them is co-authored. Applicants should specify the intended presentation format in their proposal (formal paper presentation or poster presentation). The abstract(s), along with full name and affiliation of the applicant, should be sent by email to

The deadline for all submissions of abstracts is 1st July 2019. Applicants will be notified of the conference committee’s decision by 1st August 2019.

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