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Dr. Ronald Butters, Professor Emeritus at Duke University and acting president of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) will be teaching the afternoon sessions of the Trademarks course (Master's degree in Forensic Linguistics IDEC-IUL

[05/05/10]

Dr. Ronald Butters, Professor Emeritus at Duke University has been invited to teach the afternoon sessions of the Trademarks course on the occasion of the programming schedule of the module on Trademarks and Patents (May 10-15, 2010), as part of the postgraduate diploma on Legal and Court Language (2nd. Edition) of the Master's degree in Forensic Linguistics IDEC-IULA.

The sessions taught by professor Butters will take place on May 10, 11 and 12 from 4 to 7 pm. Other teaching staff from UPF, who will be teaching the morning sessions, are: Fernando Cerdà Albero (Professor of Comercial Law), Carme Bach, Senior lecturer at Departament de Traducció i Ciències de Llenguatge and Cristòfol Rovira, Senior lecturer at Departament de Comunicació. Both Carme Bach and Cristòfol Rovira are researchers at Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada.

Professor Butters is former Chair of the Duke Linguistics Program and of the Duke Department of English. He is the author of 4 books on different linguistic topics (language variation and change; American English) and more than 100 articles and book chapters published in prestigious international scientific journals and edited volumes. In the last 10 years he has specialized in Trademark litigation, one of the areas which define language as evidence in forensic linguistics. He is the author of many reviews on forensic linguistic books and has been plenary speaker at many international forensic linguistics conferences. At present, he is acting president of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL).

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