Welcome to Forensic Speech Science at the University of York

York is a leading centre for research and teaching in forensic speech science: the application of linguistics, phonetics and acoustics to legal investigations and proceedings. The research group comprises staff and students at the University of York, members of J P French Associates, and a network of collaborators from linguistics, phonetics, speech technology, law, and other forensic sciences.

Our research covers a wide range of issues in phonetics and sociolinguistics as well as forensic speech science.

Current research focuses on:
  • understanding the sources and parameters of spoken variation within languages, communities and individuals
  • developing population data on phonetic and linguistic features
  • experimental work on the effects of garments worn over the mouth or face on speech acoustics and intelligibility
  • the acoustic and phonetic patterns of speech under conditions of distress and deception
  • effects of recording hardware on the acoustic signal, and variation in results from different acoustic analysis software systems
  • understanding variation in lay persons' perception of voice, speech and dialect
  • empirical approaches to LADO (language analysis as used as evidence in asylum claim cases)
  • statistical modelling of forensic phonetic data.

We welcome enquiries from students interested in postgraduate work with us, and from professionals in forensic speech science or other disciplines interested in research collaborations or educational visits.

Recent News

  • NCA Revised Time Please note that the starting time for this event has been moved back an hour to 12 noon. 
    Posted 2 Jun 2017, 09:04 by Peter French
  • National Crime Agency Jobs and Recruitment Visit On Monday 5 June 2017, representatives of the National Crime Agency (NCA) and other UK Government facilities will be visiting the Department of Language and Linguistic Science in order to ...
    Posted 5 Jun 2017, 08:51 by Peter French
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IAFPA 2016 at York

The 25th meeting of IAFPA was held in York, 24-27 July 2016.

The programme can still be seen at the web site: https://sites.google.com/a/york.ac.uk/iafpa-25/

The 26th IAFPA will be held in Split, Croatia on 9-12 July 2017.

Speech and audio CPD courses

The Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York is pleased to announce a new programme of CPD courses in Forensic Speech and Audio analysis. Taught by experienced departmental staff in conjunction with speech and audio experts from J.P French Associates, the courses will provide training opportunities to existing practitioners, forensic scientists, police, government security and other investigative agency technical and scientific staff.

Please see the attached document for more information, course content and contact details. We are happy to discuss any aspect of the courses, including potential bespoke training opportunities and tailoring of content to clients' needs, with anyone who may be interested.