Paul Foulkes
Professor

Profile

Biography

Paul Foulkes works in phonetics, phonology, language variation and change, language acquisition, and forensic phonetics. He is a consultant with J P French Associates and director of courses in forensic speech science.

Career

  • University of Cambridge (Churchill College) 
    BA in Modern Languages (1989, MA 1993)
    MPhil in Linguistics (1990)
    PhD in Linguistics (1993) 
  • University of Cambridge (Clare Hall)
    Junior research fellow (1993 - 1994)
    Lecturer (English, Engineering) 
  • Newcastle University (Speech and Language Sciences)
    Research associate (1994 - 1997) 
  • University of Leeds (Department of Linguistics and Phonetics)
    Lecturer (1997 - 2000) 
  • University of York
    Lecturer (2000 - 2004)
    Reader (2004 - 2010)
    Professor (2010 - )
  • J P French Associates
    Forensic consultant (2000 – ) 
  • University of Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Visiting Erskine fellow (2008) 

Departmental roles

  • MSc in Forensic Speech Science programme
    Director

Research

Overview

My research interests are in language variation and change, phonetics, phonology, sociophonetics, first language acquisition and forensic phonetics.

Most of the work I do focuses on quantitative analysis of natural speech, with a view to understanding systematic phonetic variation and its implications for phonological and linguistic theory. I undertake both research and casework in forensic speaker identification as a consultant for JP French Associates.

Research group(s)

Grants

  • BBfor2 (Bayesian Biometrics For Forensics)
  • Marie Curie FP7 Initial Training Network
    (2010-2013)
  • Diverlang
    Construction des connaissances langagieres, diversité des usages, contextes sociolinguistiques
  • ANR
    (2006-2010)

Collaborators

Supervision

  • Nicholas Flynn
    ESRC funded
  • Philip Harrison
  • Colleen Kavanagh
  • Ulrikke Rindal
    Co-supervision with University of Oslo
  • Richard Rhodes
    ESRC funded
  • Lisa Roberts
    ESRC funded
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Contact details

Paul Foulkes
Professor
Department of Language and Linguistic Science
Vanbrugh College B Block
Room: V/B/226

Tel: (0)1904 322669

https://sites.google.com/a/york.ac.uk/paulfoulkes/

External activities

Invited talks and conferences

  • Second International Workshop on Forensic Linguistics
    Barcelona (2010)
  • Laboratory Phonology 11
    Wellington (2008)
  • First International Eurasian Congress of Forensic Sciences
    Istanbul (2008)
  • Human Communication Science SummerFest ’08
    Sydney (2008)
  • Linguistic Society of South Africa
    Potchefstroom (2007)
  • IEEE Speaker Odyssey
    Puerto Rico (2006)
  • 5th UK Language Variation Conference
    Aberdeen (2005)