This module introduces the scope, tasks and practices of forensic speech and audio analysis.
By the end of this module students will achieve:
- an understanding of the theoretical and methodological issues which underpin analysis of speech involved in criminal settings;
- an understanding of the problems involved in performing suitable analysis where the available materials are difficult and/or sensitive;
- experience of the practical problems involved in analysis of difficult and sensitive materials;
- appreciation of ethical issues involved in collecting and analysing criminal data;
- skills in auditory analysis and digital processing of forensic recordings.
4 contact hours per week: 2 lectures, 2 labs.
Topics to be covered include:
- the range of tasks in forensic speech analysis
- the development of speaker identification, including “voiceprinting”voice line-ups and lay witness evidence
- transcription of difficult recordings
- forensic linguistics
- analysis of speech and language in testing asylum claims
- handling and processing evidential materials.
- Jessen, M. (2008) Forensic phonetics. Language and Lingustics Compass 2: 671-711.
- Nolan, F. (2001) Speaker identification evidence: its forms, limitations, and roles. Proceedings of the conference ‘Law and Language: Prospect and Retrospect’, Levi, Finland. http://www.ling.cam.ac.uk/francis/LawLang.doc
Essential readings will be identified each week. Key readings are available in a course pack or online.