Evaluation of a foreign speaker in forensic phonetics: a report

Authors

  • Niels O. Schiller Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
  • Olaf Koster University of Trier

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/ijsll.v3i1.176

Keywords:

Speaker identification, foreign language processing, forensic phonetics.

Abstract

Expert witnesses in phonetics find themselves more and more often in forensic situations in which they have to identify the voice of a speaker who does not speak their native language. Until recently, little has been known about the role which the native language background of the listener plays in such speaker identification tasks. In this report, several aspects of an experimental investigation on the influence of native-language background on speaker identification are reviewed. Results of a first experiment are reported and some follow-up experiments currently being carried our are described within that context.

Author Biographies

Niels O. Schiller, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

NIELS SCHILLER received his MA in Phonetics, German Philology and Computational Linguistics from the University of Trier (1994). In 1994 he was awarded a scholarship from the German Max Planck Society. He is now working on his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. His research interests include speech production, articulatory phonetics and forensic phonetics.

Olaf Koster, University of Trier

OLAF KOSTER received his MA in Phonetics, German and English Philology from the University of Trier (1994). Since 1994 he is working on a project on digital high-speed filming funded by the Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz fur Innovation at Trier University. His research interests focus on forensic phonetics and voice disorders.

Published

2013-05-09

How to Cite

Schiller, N. O., & Koster, O. (2013). Evaluation of a foreign speaker in forensic phonetics: a report. International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law, 3(1), 176–185. https://doi.org/10.1558/ijsll.v3i1.176

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