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

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The West Yorkshire Regional English Database (WYRED) consists of approximately 196 hours of high-quality audio recordings of 180 West Yorkshire (British English) speakers. All participants are male between the ages of 18-30, and are
divided evenly (60 per region) across three boroughs within West Yorkshire (Northern England): Bradford, Kirklees, and Wakefield. Speakers participated in four spontaneous speaking tasks. The first two tasks relate to a mock crime where the
participant speaks to a police officer (Research Assistant 1) followed by an accomplice (Research Assistant 2). Speakers returned a minimum of a week later at which point they were paired with someone from their borough and recorded having a conversation on any topics they wish. The final task is an experimental task in which speakers are asked to leave a voicemail message related to the fictitious crime from the first recording session. In total, each speaker participated in approximately 1 hour of spontaneous speech recordings. This paper details the design of WYRED, in order to introduce forensic speech science research utilizing this data, and to promote WYRED’s potential application in related research and in forensic speech science casework.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Interspeech 2018
Subtitle of host publicationSeptember 2-6 2018, Hyderabad
Pages2748-2752
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Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2018
EventInterspeech 2018: Speech Research for Emerging Markets in Multilingual Societies - Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, India
Duration: 2 Sep 20186 Sep 2018
http://interspeech2018.org/index.html (Link to Conference Website)

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NameProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH
ISSN (Print)2308-457X

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ConferenceInterspeech 2018
CountryIndia
CityHyderabad
Period2/09/186/09/18
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Gold, E., Ross, S., & Earnshaw, K. (2018). The ‘West Yorkshire Regional English Database’: Investigations into the generalizability of reference populations for forensic speaker comparison casework. In Proceedings of Interspeech 2018: September 2-6 2018, Hyderabad (pp. 2748-2752). (Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH). https://doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2018-65
Gold, Erica ; Ross, Sula ; Earnshaw, Katherine. / The ‘West Yorkshire Regional English Database’ : Investigations into the generalizability of reference populations for forensic speaker comparison casework. Proceedings of Interspeech 2018: September 2-6 2018, Hyderabad. 2018. pp. 2748-2752 (Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH).
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Gold, E, Ross, S & Earnshaw, K 2018, The ‘West Yorkshire Regional English Database’: Investigations into the generalizability of reference populations for forensic speaker comparison casework. in Proceedings of Interspeech 2018: September 2-6 2018, Hyderabad. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH, pp. 2748-2752, Interspeech 2018, Hyderabad, India, 2/09/18. https://doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2018-65

The ‘West Yorkshire Regional English Database’ : Investigations into the generalizability of reference populations for forensic speaker comparison casework. / Gold, Erica; Ross, Sula; Earnshaw, Katherine.

Proceedings of Interspeech 2018: September 2-6 2018, Hyderabad. 2018. p. 2748-2752 (Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH).

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Gold E, Ross S, Earnshaw K. The ‘West Yorkshire Regional English Database’: Investigations into the generalizability of reference populations for forensic speaker comparison casework. In Proceedings of Interspeech 2018: September 2-6 2018, Hyderabad. 2018. p. 2748-2752. (Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH). https://doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2018-65