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Journal Title: The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law
Volume/Issue:   19/2
Date: 2012
Table of Contents: Articles

Voice line-ups: Speakers’ F0 values influence the reliability of voice recognitions
Mette H. Sørensen

Speaker-recognition ability of blind and sighted subjects
Almut Braun

Language, space and the law: a study of directive signs
Gerlinde Mautner

Earwitnesses: the effect of type of vocal differences on correct identification and confidence accuracy
Elisabeth Zetterholm, Farhan Sarwar, Valgeir Thorvaldsson, Carl Martin Allwood

Judicial discourse in Cantonese courtrooms in postcolonial Hong Kong: the judge as a godfather, scholar, educator and scolding parent
Janny H.C. Leung

Degrees of freedom in speech production: an argument for native speakers in LADO
Francis Nolan

Thesis Abstracts

Automatic forensic voice comparison (Automatischer forensischer Stimmenvergleich)
Timo Becker

Book Reviews

The Language of Perjury Cases, Roger Shuy (2011), Oxford University Press 232 pp
G. Adam Ruther

Analysing Police Interviews: Laughter, Confession and the Tape Elisabeth Carter (2010) Continuum 204 pp
Edward Reynolds

Book Announcements
Philip Gaines
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Forensic Linguistics
 
LL Issue: 24.130