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The 2017 Babel Lecture: Peter French - 'Their own tongues speak against the...
Fri 12 May 2017, 19:30 – 21:00 BST
We at Babel are pleased to announce our third annual lecture, which will be given by Peter French. The lecture will take place on the 12th May, 2017 at Babel's HQ, the University of Huddersfield.
Peter French is Chairman of JP French Associates Forensic Speech and Acoustics Laboratory, York, Professor of Forensic Speech Science at the University of York, Visiting Professor of Forensic Speech Science at the University of Huddersfield and Chair of the Home Office Forensic Regulator's Group on Forensic Speech and Audio. He has analysed recordings in more than 5,000 police investigations and legal cases from countries throughout the world.
Peter's lecture is titled 'Their own tongues speak against them: Phonetics in the criminal justice system'. The lecture describes the roles played by phoneticians as forensic scientists in criminal investigations and as expert witnesses in criminal trials. Each of the main categories of forensic phonetic casework is explained and liberally illustrated with analyses and recordings from high profile cases. The talk concludes with a consideration of the role to be played in crime prevention and detection by the emerging new generation of speech technology.
Peter also appeared in the very first issue of Babel - read his introduction to the life of the forensic speech scientist here.
The lecture will also mark the publication of the nineteenth issue of Babel. If you are not yet a Babel subscriber, visit the Babel website to learn more about us, and to read our free sampler issue.