Prof. Dr. Dieter Stein, Heinrich-Heine Universität, Düsseldorf

Seminar: Veracity Evaluation

Germán Bernácer Class 007    26th December 2021 (2h30) 

1. What is a lie linguistically? 2. What is a lie in terms of language production/psychology? 3. Problematic approaches 4. Standard methods of psychological testing involving language components 5. Veripol 6. Evidence in narrative form 7. Lie and perjury at court 8. Problems in forensic work


Prof. Dr. Iona Albu, University of Oradea

Dr. Eilika Fobbe, Bunderskriminale, Wiesbaden

 Kriminaltechnisches Institut des Bundeskriminalamts (Forensic Science Institute, Federal Criminal Police Office), Germany

Seminar: Authorship attribution

17th December (2h30).

Abstract. The seminar introduces the field of forensic authorship analysis. First, the current state of the art in the field will be discussed, and some theoretical aspects will be addressed, including questions of error definition and style definition. Methodological issues will then be discussed, including conditions that might affect the analysis. The individual steps of the text analysis will be presented using authentic material (in English). Students will have the opportunity to carry out analyses themselves and discuss the results. In doing so, the students will be sensitised to forensic text analysis's particular framework conditions and the significance of a linguistic expert opinion as evidence in court.

Prof. Dr. Rosa Estopà, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

Prof. Dr. Maria Vittoria Calvi, University of Milano

Prof. Dr. Sophie Loussouarn, University Jules Verne, Picardiè, Amiens

25-30 October 2021




The UK left the EU’s single market and customs union on 31 December 2020 and a trade deal was signed on 24 December 2020.  We are not seeing the full impact of Brexit yet. Imports have done worse than exports. Exports to the EU have recovered. Yet the UK’s strong industrial base and location continue to make it an attractive option in spite of Brexit. Its world-class universities coupled with access to highly-qualified graduates are an added bonus for companies looking to invest. Fintech and digital companies have developed and attract significant international investment. The UK’s strength as a financial services hub has not been significantly affected by Brexit in spite of the loss of passport rights within the European Union. London has maintained its position in the world.Since 2020, Brexit and the pandemic have become the two major challenges to the British economy. The economy will emerge from the Covid crisis in a very different shape. If we had not had Brexit and Covid, what would the British economy be like? Economic forecasts have been revised upwards in 2021. There is more confidence than previously expected.Owing to the pandemic, there is a surge in prices and there are fiscal challenges to pay for healthcare. The British government has spent £372 billion on fighting Covid-19 so far. That is twice the amount raised in income tax every year and almost every penny of it is borrowed. It has been easy to borrow because of low interest rates. The British government of Boris Johnson is an interventionist government. Taxpayers will be facing the costs of Covid for decades.There is a lot of uncertainty about the economic recovery and the Covid case spread. There is uncertainty about the variant and the vaccine rollout. The V-shape recovery could turn into a L-shape recovery. Besides there is uncertainty about the Northern Ireland Protocol.