International Journal of Speech Language and the Law, Vol 7, No 1 (2000)

Speaker discrimination in a foreign language: first language environment, second language learners

Kirk P.H. Sullivan, Frank Schlichting
Issued Date: 7 Feb 2007


A witness to a crime may be required to identify a speaker based on voice samples from a language which is not their first language. Previous experimental work has shown that knowledge of a language has an effect on an individual’s ability to identify speakers. This paper examines whether this ability increases over the course of the British four-year language degree. The results from a series of different open-test voice line-up presentations showed that listener ability improved on beginning to study a foreign language, yet showed no unambiguous improvement after the second semester of study.

Download Media

PDF (Price: £17.50 )

DOI: 10.1558/sll.2000.7.1.95


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Equinox Publishing Ltd - 415 The Workstation 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)114 221-0285 - Email:

Privacy Policy