How do you tell if someone is lying to the police?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:30:00 BST

Professor Peter French, an expert in Forensic Speech Science, gives us the answer at this year’s annual Babel lecture on Friday 12 May in the Brontë Lecture Theatres. Peter has worked on more than 5,000 police investigations nationally and internationally, analysing recordings and identifying speech patterns and meanings.

‌This year's Babel Lecture, part of the School of Music, Humanities and Media Sound Vision Place series, is titled ‘Their own tongues speak against them: Phonetics in the criminal justice system’. Using recordings and analyses from high profile cases, Peter describes the role of Phonetics in criminal investigations and as evidence in court. The talk concludes by exploring the role of new speech technology in crime prevention and detection.

Peter is a regular visitor and supporter of the Linguistics department at the University of Huddersfield through his roles as Visiting Professor of Forensic Speech Science and as part of the advisory committee for their ‘Babel’ magazine. Babel is celebrating the publication of its 19th issue this year, after Peter appeared in Issue One – read his article here

This lecture is free and open to the public – book your place here

Friday 12 May, 7.30pm
Brontë Lecture Theatres - BLG/05

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