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Erica began working at the University of Huddersfield in 2014, and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Speech Science. Erica completed a BA in Linguistics at the University of California San Diego. She then came to the UK to pursue her interests in Forensic Speech Science, and completed an MSc and PhD at the University of York in Forensic Speech Science. Her PhD was supported by a Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellowship with the Bayesian Biometrics for Forensics Training Network (under the FP7 Framework). Erica’s PhD was supervised by Professor Peter French, one of the world’s leading experts in Forensic Phonetics, and looked at the calculation of likelihood ratios in forensic speaker comparisons using phonetic and linguistic parameters.
Erica has published and presented internationally, she has been invited to speak to government bodies about her work (Brazil, Netherlands, and the UK), and her research has also been cited in court cases in the USA, UK, and Australia.
Erica is predominantly interested in forensic speech science and forensic phonetics, but is also interested more widely in phonetics, phonology, sociolinguistics, and sociophonetics. Within forensic speech science, she is especially interested in forensic speaker comparison. Her research considers methodologies for analysing and presenting evidence, as well as identifying parameters and groups of parameters that are good speaker discriminants.
Land, E. and Gold, E. (2017) ‘Speaker Identification Using Laughter in a Close Social Network’ International Journal of Speech Language and the Law , 24 (2). ISSN 1748-8885
Gold, E. and McIntyre, D. (2017) ‘What the /f?k/? An acoustic pragmatic-analysis of meaning in The Wire’. In: Pragmatics and Literature. : John Benjamins. .
Gold, E. and McIntyre, D. (2017) ‘What the fuck? Making sense of expletives in The Wire’ Babel: The Language Magazine , 19, pp. 28-31. ISSN 2051-7297
Gold, E., Earnshaw, K. and Ross, S. (2016) ‘An introduction to the West Yorkshire Regional English Database’ Transactions of the Yorkshire Dialect Society . ISSN 0954-6316
Gold, E. and Hughes, V. (2015) ‘Front-end approaches to the issue of correlations in forensic speaker comparison’. In: Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. : University of Glasgow. . ISBN 978-0-85261-941-4
Gold, E. and Hughes, V. (2014) ‘Issues and opportunities: The application of the numerical likelihood ratio framework to forensic speaker comparison’ Science and Justice , 54 (4), pp. 292-299. ISSN 1355-0306
Aitken, C. and Gold, E. (2013) ‘Evidence evaluation for discrete data’. In: Proceedings of the 59th World Statistics Congress of the International Statistical Institute, 2013. : International Statistical Institute. . ISBN 978-90-73592-34-6
Hughes, V., Brereton, A. and Gold, E. (2013) ‘Reference Sample Size and the Computation of Numerical Likelihood Ratios Using Articulation Rate’ York Papers in Linguistics (13). ISSN 1758-0315
Gold, E., French, P. and Harrison, P. (2013) ‘Clicking behavior as a possible speaker discriminant in English’ Journal of the International Phonetic Association , 43 (3), pp. 339-349. ISSN 0025-1003
Gold, E., French, P. and Harrison, P. (2013) ‘Examining long-term formant distributions as a discriminant in forensic speaker comparisons under a likelihood ratio framework’ Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA) , 19 (1), pp. 060041-060041. ISSN 1939-800X
Aitken, C. and Gold, E. (2013) ‘Evidence evaluation for discrete data’ Forensic Science International , 230 (1-3), pp. 147-155. ISSN 0379-0738
Gold, E. and French, P. (2011) ‘An international investigation of forensic speaker comparison practices’. In: 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 17th-21st August 2011, Hong Kong , pp. 751-754
Gold, E. and French, P. (2011) ‘International Practices in Forensic Speaker Comparison’ International Journal of Speech Language and the Law , 18 (2). ISSN 1748-8885
Invited panel talk and discussant in: Combining the results of different feature analyses in forensic speaker comparison. Special Session at IAFPA 2016. York, UK. 25 July 2016.
Gold, E. (2015) What can Bayes do for you? Using phonetic and linguistic evidence in the courtroom. The Forensic Linguistics Research Group and Lancaster University Phonetics Lab, Lancaster University. 4 November 2015.
Invited panel talk and discussant in: Campbell, J. P., Bosnaste, J.-F., Eriksson, A, Nakasone H., & Schwartz, R. (Organisers). Speaker comparison for forensic and investigative applications. Special Event at Interspeech 2015, Dresden, Germany. 7 September 2015.
Hughes, V. and Gold, E. (2014) Issues and opportunities: the application of the numerical likelihood ratio framework to forensic speaker comparison. UK Government Biometrics Working Group Meeting 65, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, UK. 20 June 2014.
Gold, E. (2013) Empirical testing of the numerical likelihood ratio on phonetic and linguistic parameters: a closer look at long-term formant distributions. Forensic Speech Science Group, Netherlands Forensic Institute, The Hague, Netherlands. 27 June 2013.
Gold, E. (2012) Likelihood ratios for forensic speech science in the UK: the state of play in 2012. IC Media, Brasilia, Brazil. 18-21 September 2012.
Gold, E. (2011) Forensic speaker comparison evidence: the international picture. International Assocaition of Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics Conference, Vienna, Austria. 24-28 July 2011.
May 2014: Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo in Madrid, Spain, Masters Program in Phonetics and Phonology - (Comparación forense del habla, Forensic speaker comparison)
April-May 2012: University of Canterbury (New Zealand Institute for Language, Brain and Behaviour)
June 2013: Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI)
Current Research Students:
Kate Earnshaw – PhD
Othman Shboul – PhD
Katie Coxall – MA by Research
Safiyyah Fadia – MA by Research
Erica is also interested in supervising PhD research in:
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