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Katherine Earnshaw

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Katherine joined the University of Huddersfield in February 2016 as a Research Assistant in Forensic Speech Science. The role involves creating and developing the ESRC funded West Yorkshire Regional English Database (WYRED); which will become the largest forensically-realistic spoken corpora containing Northern British English accents.

Alongside this role, Katherine is a PhD candidate at the university and is using the recordings collected as part of the WYRED project to explore which types of phonetic parameters are most susceptible to speech accommodation.

Katherine has completed a BA (Hons) in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Forensic Speech Science at the University of York.


  • Forensic Speech Science
  • Using BIG Data to Understand the BIG Picture
  • Overcoming Heterogeneity in Speech for Forensic Applications

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Research Output 2018 2018

  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution

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

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

Variation in the FACE vowel across West Yorkshire: Implications for forensic speaker comparisons

Earnshaw, K. & Gold, E., 2 Sep 2018, Interspeech 2018. p. 2743-2747 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
regional analysis
language change
macro level
regional difference