SIG Proposal

Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA) SIG Proposal

Special Interest Group – Crime

This SIG is aimed at PALA (as well as non-PALA) researchers who are interested in (re)presentations of crime in fiction and non-fiction, as well as crime and criminal justice system-related language. This can include crime fiction, police procedural fiction, crime news, language in the legal system amongst others.

All researchers interested in participating in this Special Interest Group are encouraged to contact Ilse Ras ( and Ulrike Tabbert (, who are organising and developing this SIG.

This SIG aims to offer researchers interested in crime-related topics the opportunity to communicate current research and debate concepts and ideas. Current goals include organising Crime SIG panels at future PALA conferences and a publication of an edited book.

Topics may include but are not limited to

  • multimodality in crime reports and adaptations

  • pragmatics in crime narratives and criminal justice system reports

  • critical discourse analysis / critical stylistics of crime news

  • point of view and mind style in crime fiction


Please contact Ilse or Ulrike if you wish to be included in this SIG’s mailing list (;, listing your name, affiliation and a short summary of your SIG-related research interests.

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