Dynamic Variability in Speech

A Forensic Phonetic Study of British English

Voices and Identity Workshop 2008

Is it possible to distinguish people by their voices alone? If so, can voice recognition be used as evidence in a court case? How does voice-based evidence compare with fingerprint or DNA evidence? Who are the practitioners? Which features in the voice do they measure? Is it possible to carry out voice lineups as an auditory parallel to visual lineups? In this workshop on voices and identity we will provide information on voice comparison and the use of voice lineups. The workshop will be particularly useful for professionals from fields related to forensic linguistics, such as law enforcement (e.g. detectives, investigators, scientific support officers), law (e.g. judges, magistrates, barristers) and criminology. It is organised as part of the Dynamic Variability in Speech (DyViS) Project at the Department of Linguistics at Cambridge University.

We are grateful to Newnham College for kindly agreeing to host the event. The college, which boasts some of the city’s finest gardens, was founded in 1871 and designed by the Victorian architect Basil Champneys. The workshop lunch will be hosted in the college’s famous dining hall.

Organisers:   Prof. Francis Nolan
                    Dr Kirsty McDougall
                    Mr Toby Hudson
                    Dr Gea de Jong (workshop contact)

Programme: click here to preview and here to download

Date: Monday 7th July 2008

Time: 10:00 – 18:00 hrs

Location: Newnham College
                Sidgwick Avenue
                CB3 9DF
approximately 0.5 m from the city centre of Cambridge
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Directions and Parking: click here for details

Fee: £65

Registration: Please send us a cheque and the registration form before Friday 13 June 2008

Accommodation: click here for details

Questions: email Gea de Jong or call her on 01223 331733