Founded in 2000 by Prof. Malcolm Coulthard, the International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis 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 School’s first edition took place at Anglia Polytechnic University and was followed by fourteen annual editions, nine in Birmingham and five in cities around the world (Barcelona, Kuala Lumpur, Lodz, Mainz and Manila). The sixteenth edition was held just before the biennial IAFL conference at Porto University from 4th to 8th July 2017. Please note we are taking a break in 2018 and will be back with an updated programme in 2019.
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 forensic speech science. We work with authentic language data and use real cases to illustrate theory. We opt for maximum student involvement and encourage critical inquiry and debate.
Each year we invite leading scholars and/or practitioners in forensic linguistics to be our guest tutors. This gives the participants the unique opportunity to interact directly with those responsible for recent developments in the field of language and the law and forensic linguistics. Apart from being professional linguists and/or lawyers, all of our tutors have first-hand experience of providing expert evidence for courts of law.