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Katherine Earnshaw

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Katherine Earnshaw

BA (Sheffield) MSc (York)

Research Assistant in Forensic Speech Science


Katherine joined the University of Huddersfield in February 2016 as a Research Assistant in Forensic Speech Science. The role involves creating and developing the ESRC funded West Yorkshire Regional English Database (WYRED); which will become the largest forensically-realistic spoken corpora containing Northern British English accents.

Alongside this role, Katherine is a PhD candidate at the university and is using the recordings collected as part of the WYRED project to explore which types of phonetic parameters are most susceptible to speech accommodation. 

Katherine has completed a BA (Hons) in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Forensic Speech Science at the University of York.

Research and Scholarship

Katherine’s main research interest is in forensic speech science, but she is also interested in phonetics, phonology and sociolinguistics, more generally. Within forensic speech science, she is especially interested in forensic speaker comparison and language analysis for the determination of origin. Her MSc research considered a range of acoustic aspects of speech, which are not routinely examined, as parameters for forensic speaker comparison casework. Her PhD research investigates the effects of speech accommodation within forensic contexts.

Katherine would welcome the opportunity to pursue cross-disciplinary collaborations.


Earnshaw, K. and Gold, E. (2018) “Variation in the FACE vowel across West Yorkshire: Implications for forensic speaker comparisons”, In Proceedings of Interspeech 2018, September 2-6 2018, Hyderabad, pp. 2743-2747.

Gold, E, Ross, S. and Earnshaw, K. (2018). “The ‘West Yorkshire Regional English Database’: Investigations into the Generalizability of Reference Populations for Forensic Speaker Comparison Casework”. In Proceedings of Interspeech 2018,September 2-6 2018, Hyderabad, pp. 2748-2752.

Gold, E., Earnshaw, K. and Ross, S. “An Introduction to the West Yorkshire Regional English Database (WYRED)”, in K. Burland and C. Upton (Eds.), Transactions of the Yorkshire Dialect Society, 2016, pp. 1-8.

Earnshaw, K. (2016) “Linguistic Detectives”. In Lingo: The Language Magazine for Young People, 04, pp. 17-20.



  • University Research Fund (University of Huddersfield). Award: £750. Conference Presentation Fund. 2018-2019.


  • Student Representative of the International Association of Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA)

  • Member of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians (BAAP)

  • Member of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)

  • Member of the Secure Societies Institute (SSI)

  • Member of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE)


Katherine teaches on the 1st year Sociolinguistics module.