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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 currently works for the Home Office. In the future, she intends to become a PhD candidate at the university and will use the recordings collected as part of the WYRED project to explore the best speaker discriminating components of speech.

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 previous research has considered a range of acoustic aspects of speech, which are not routinely examined, as parameters for forensic speaker comparison casework.

Katherine would welcome the opportunity to pursue cross-disciplinary collaborations


  • Member of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians (BAAP)
  • Member of the International Association of Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA)
  • Member of the Secure Societies Institute (SSI