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Biography

Erica began working at the University of Huddersfield in 2014, and is currently a Reader in Forensic Speech Science. Erica completed a BA in Linguistics at the University of California San Diego. She then came to the UK to pursue her interests in Forensic Speech Science, and completed an MSc and PhD at the University of York in Forensic Speech Science. Her PhD was supported by a Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellowship with the Bayesian Biometrics for Forensics Training Network (under the FP7 Framework). Erica’s PhD was supervised by Professor Peter French, one of the world’s leading experts in Forensic Phonetics, and looked at the calculation of likelihood ratios in forensic speaker comparisons using phonetic and linguistic parameters.

Erica has published and presented internationally, she has been invited to speak to government bodies about her work (Brazil, Netherlands, and the UK), and her research has also been cited in court cases in the USA, UK, and Australia.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Forensic speech science and forensic phonetics
  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Sociophonetics
  • Forensic speaker comparison

Keywords

  • Forensic Speech Science
  • Forensic Phonetics
  • Forensic Speaker Comparison
  • Phonetics
  • Sociophonetics
  • Acoustics
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Likelihood Ratios
  • Methodologies for Analyzing and Presenting Evidence
  • Sociolinguistics

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Projects 2016 2019

Research Output 2011 2019

  • 8 Conference contribution
  • 7 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Review article

A Cautionary Tale For Phonetic Analysis: The Variability of Speech Between and Within Recording Sessions

Ross, S., Earnshaw, K. & Gold, E., 12 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, August 2019, Melbourne. p. 1-5 5 p.

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A comparison of multiple speech tempo measures: Inter-correlations and discriminating power

Lennon, R., Plug, L. & Gold, E., 12 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, August 2019, Melbourne.

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acoustics

“We don't pronounce our t's around here": Realisations of /t/ in West Yorkshire English

Earnshaw, K. & Gold, E., 12 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, August 2019, Melbourne.

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Articulation rate as a speaker discriminant in British English

Gold, E., 2 Sep 2018, Interspeech 2018. p. 1828-1832 5 p.

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The ‘West Yorkshire Regional English Database’: Investigations into the generalizability of reference populations for forensic speaker comparison casework

Gold, E., Ross, S. & Earnshaw, K., 2 Sep 2018, Proceedings of Interspeech 2018: September 2-6 2018, Hyderabad. p. 2748-2752 (Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH).

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