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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre



Ph.D. Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge (currently completing)

M.A. Forensic Phonetics, University of York (Distinction) 

B.A. English Language and Linguistics, University of York (First Class Honours with Distinction) 


1. Forensic Speech Science
2. Face coverings and Phonetics
3. Sociophonetics
4. Speaker comparison

The majority of research conducted in forensic speech science currently addresses the male voice, with reference measurements, analysis techniques and calibration datasets all constructed based on male voices. However, females speak and use language differently to men. My thesis aims to investigate the use of traditional acoustic methods as well as machine-based methods on different types of female data. The results of these experiments will provide a better insight into how to approach the analysis of female voices in forensic casework.


Other publications: 

Patman, C., Foulkes, P. and Hughes, V.  (2023) Smile with your eyes! The impact of face coverings on speech comprehension and perceptions of speaker attributes. IAFPA conference proceedings 2023, Universität Zürich, Switzerland. 9-12 July 2023. [Poster]

Gerlach, L., Carroll, L., Fairclough, L., Gibb-Reid, B., Harrington, L., Lee, D., Lieb, A., Möller, S., Patman, C., Paver, A., Schäfer, S., Siewert, M., Suthar, N., Valenzuela Farías, G., Williams, S., Brown, G. and Kirchhübel, C. (2023). Learning by doing: An example of casework-relevant training in forensic speech science. IAFPA conference proceedings 2023, Universität Zürich, Switzerland. 9-12 July 2023. [Poster]

Teaching and Supervisions


Li1 (Sounds and Words) Supervisions - Section of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge [2023-2024]

Other Professional Activities


Student Representative for the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics [July 2023-present]

Lab meeting coordinator [September 2023-present] 


Memberships and associations:

IAFPA (International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics)

IPA (International Phonetics Association)


Invited talks 

University of York. Improving methodologies. Moving towards an audio-video visual investigation of face mask speech. [04.05.2023]

University of Zürich. Recognition of face mask speech by machines and humans. [27.09.2023]

LITHME (online presentation to WG1 AND WG2). The impact of a face covering on speech processing. [10.11.2023]


Conferences/Workshops attended:

Forensic Voice Comparison workshop, Lancaster University. [02/02/2023] 

Voice quality and Vocal settings workshop, University of Cambridge. [07-10/03/2023]

IAFPA 2023. Universität Zürich, Switzerland. [9-12/07/2023]

ICPhS 2023. [07-11/08/2023] 

Summer School on Experimental Methods in Vocal Identity Research, Universität Zürich, Switzerland [04-13/09/2023]

PhD Researcher

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What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.