Paul Foulkes



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.


  • 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



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)


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



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

Contact details

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

Tel: (0)1904 322669

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)