International practices in forensic speaker comparison

Erica Gold, Peter French

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The results of the first international survey on forensic speaker comparison practices are presented in this article. Thirty-six experts from thirteen countries and five continents responded to a series of questions concerning their practices in casework. Despite the responses revealing a range of differences, there is, nevertheless, a reasonably strong convergence with respect to the importance assigned to particular speech features, methodology and choice of framework for expressing conclusions. Practices and preferences revealed by the survey are discussed in the context of constraints imposed by the institutions and jurisdictions within which the participants are situated, and in relation to contemporary trends and developments within forensic speech science.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-307
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Speech, Language and the Law
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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