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Almut Braun
Research Associate

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Biography

Almut Braun is a postdoctoral researcher who currently works on the TUULS project 'The use and utility of localised speech forms in determining identity: forensic and sociophonetic perspectives'. In November 2015, she completed her doctoral research on 'The Speaker Identification Ability of Blind and Sighted Listeners – an Empirical Investigation' (Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany). She received an MA in German Philology, Phonetics and Linguistic Engineering in 2010. During her studies, she worked as a research assistant in the Department of Phonetics and taught courses in Phonetics, Clinical Linguistics (transcription), Statistics and German as a foreign language.

Career

  • University of York
    2016 - present: Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Philipps-Universität Marburg
    2010 – 2015: PhD in Phonetics
    2004 – 2010: MA (incl. BA) in German Philology, Phonetics and Linguistic Engineering

Research

Projects

  • The use and utility of localised speech forms in determining identity: forensic and sociophonetic perspectives
    • Investigators: Carmen Llamas, Dominic Watt, Peter French, Duncan Robertson, Almut Braun
    • Funded by: ESRC
    • Website: TUULS project

External activities

Memberships

  • IAFPA International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics
  • IAFL International Association for Forensic Linguistics
  • GSFL Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics
  • IPA International Phonetic Association
  • IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE Signal Processing Society)

Invited talks and conferences

  • 11/02/2016 “Hören Blinde besser? Eine empirische Untersuchung zur Sprechererkennungsfähigkeit Blinder und Sehender” Trier University, Germany
  • 09/10/2015 “Phonetics teaching and learning tools in Marburg” 11. Tagung Phonetik und Phonologie im deutschsprachigen Raum, Marburg, Germany (Poster)
  • 13/08/2015 “An fMRI study on forensic phonetic speaker recognition with blind and sighted listeners” 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS), Glasgow, UK
  • 08/07/2015 “Do the blind hear better? A speaker identification experiment with blind and sighted listeners” 24th Annual Conference of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA), Leiden, the Netherlands
  • 07/09/2014 “The Speaker Recognition Ability of Blind Individuals” Roundtable in Forensic Linguistics 2014, Germanic Society of Forensic Linguistics (GSFL), Mainz, Germany
  • 01/09/2014 “Feasibility of acoustic testing with fMRI for speaker recognition experiments” (Almut Braun, Jens Sommer, Andreas Jansen) 23th Annual Conference of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA), Zurich, Switzerland
  • 23/07/2013 “Speaker Recognition: Are blind people better?” 22th Annual Conference of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA), Tampa/Florida, USA
  • 25/01/2013 “La identificación de hablantes: ¿Son las personas invidentes mejores que las videntes para este tipo de tarea?” XLII Simposio de la Sociedad Española de Lingüística, Madrid, Spain
  • 08/08/2012 “Voice Line-Up Performance of Blind and Sighted Listeners: Results from Studio-, Mobile Phone- And Whispered Conditions” 21th Annual Conference of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA), Santander, Spain
  • 22/03/2012 “Speaker Recognition Ability of Blind and Sighted Listeners: An Empirical Investigation”, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 24/10/2011 “Reconocimiento perceptivo de hablantes por oyentes invidentes y videntes” Posgrado en Estudios Fónicos, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, Spain
  • 25/07/2011 “Speaker Recognition Ability of Blind and Sighted Subjects” 20th Annual Conference of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA), Vienna, Austria
  • 18/05/2011 “Sprechererkennungsfähigkeit von Blinden und Sehenden” Forschungszentrum Deutscher Sprachatlas, Marburg, Germany

Contact details

Almut Braun
Research Associate
Department of Language and Linguistic Science
Vanbrugh College C Block
Room: V/C/106