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 Expert  727965

Expert in Audio, Linguistics, Acoustics, Speaker Identification, Tape Enhancement, Forensic Phonetics

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United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has 20+ years expereince in forensic casework including speaker identification using auditory, acoustic and text analysis techniques; transcription (in particular, the transcription of poor quality recordings); enhancement of poor quality recordings; examination of tape recordings to determine whether or not the tape has been edited or otherwise interfered with; linguistic profiling; Traveller dialect (UK and Ireland); black box? and other disaster circumstances analysis; author attribution; disguised voice analysis; text analysis in suspected cases of "verballing", forgery, scripting, coercion etc; conversation / discourse analysis to determine purpose, direction and control; examination of conversation or text for coded references; linguistic interpretation of meaning; foreign language analysis using interpreters; response elicitation techniques (e.g. cognitive interviewing); response assessment (including assessment of non-native speaker responses); voice line ups; trademark disputes. She has an MA in scientific method and a PhD in the meaning/sound interface of language is one of the very few practitioners with experience in both acoustics and language analysis, she maintains a strong programme of research, publications and conference presentation, which ensures that Expert's Firm remains at the forefront of thinking and research on both the technical, laboratory side and on the forensic, public side, whether within Civil Law, Intelligence or the Criminal Justice System.

Expert has been carrying out forensic speaker comparison tasks since 1990. She is a member of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics and as such is bound by their Code of Practice. She uses a combined auditory and acoustic procedure; these methods take account of recent Appeal Court Rulings relating to forensic voice analysis including Northern Ireland Court of Appeal R – v – Dougherty [2002] and more recently, EWCA, R – v – Flynn and St John [2008].


forensic audio


speech science


voice recognition


voice-print analysis


forensic phonetics

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1989   PhD   Linguistics   Monash University  
1985   MA   Linguistics   Monash University  
1971   Diploma of Education   Modern Languages   La Trobe University  
1971   BA (Honours)   Linguistics   La Trobe University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1990 to








Expert is responsible for casework, research, presenting expert evidence in court, case conferences, client liaison, lecturing and training.

Career Accomplishments:

International Association of Forensic Linguists (founder member); International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics; International Network to Promote the Rule of Law; Forensic Linguistics Society (co-founding chair); Center for International Legal Studies, Salzburg (Fellow of Congress); International Police Executive Symposium; Forensic Linguist, Interpreter and Translator Executive (founding chairman); European Society of Criminology

Professional Appointments

Completed Assessor Training for CRFP (Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners)

1993 – 1999 Member of Editorial Board of Forensic Linguistics: the International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law

1997 - 2002 Member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the IAFPA (International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics)

Publications and Patents Summary

She has 40 papers and publications

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Lexis-Nexis Emerging Trends  
 - Evil, Law and the State: Perspectives on State Power and Violence  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Provided evidence in two Royal Commissions (Australia and Malaysia)Speaker Identification, Transcript Assessment
  • Provided crucial prosecution evidence in matter of Garry Weddell (murder-suicide)Analysis of "suicide note" to determine authorship
  • Provided crucial defence evidence in the Enquiry into the Sinking of the MarchionessSpeaker Identification, Transcription of Very Poor Quality Recordings, Assessment of Indications of Intoxication in Speech
  • R - v - WilliamsEnhancement and Transcription of Very Poor Quality Audio Recording to a standard which secured conviction
  • R - v - Singh ClairProvided Speaker Identification and Forensic Transcription
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Very experienced expert who has presented expert evidence in criminal and civil courts, also at two Royal Commissions.
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1990 to   Australia   Provided many case reports in her field of expertise
to   Hong Kong   Provided Transcription and Circumstances of Recording evidence to the Family Court
2008 to 2008   Malaysia   Performed analsis and provided evidence for the Royal Commission into "A Video Clip".
1998 to   USA   Provided several case reports in her field of expertise

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   She is fluent in French
German   She has good intermediate skills in German.
Spanish   She has good basic skills in Spanish
Serbian   She is currently learning Serbian

Additional Skills and Services:

Provide training courses and seminars, co-director of annual Summer School in Forensic Phonetics, Linguistics and Acoustics at the University of Novi Pazr. Serbia


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