Time: Wednesday, October 10th 2018, 15:00-17:00
Place: C307, Södra huset, Frescati

There will be a post-seminar directly after the seminar, in the departement's kittchen.

On October 10-11 a workshop on Vocal Profile Analysis (VPA) organised by Lisa Gustavsson, Gláucia Salomäo, and Anders Eriksson, will be held at the Department of Linguistics. The workshop is sponsored by a grant from Magnus Bergvalls stiftelse. It is a closed event but in connection with the workshop we will present our work in a seminar. At the seminar, four of the invited participants will give short presentations (15 minutes + 5 for questions) of various aspects of VPA in clinical and forensic applications.


VPA is a method for describing voice quality that was developed by John Laver and published in a book, The Phonetic Description of Voice Quality, in 1980. It is based on the assumption that all possible voice qualities can be described as a combination of a number of specified articulatory settings like lip spreading, tense vocal tract, creak etc. Based on these ideas, a protocol was later developed for use in speech therapy. Each setting was to be judged as Neutral (0) or deviating from neutral in 6 increasing steps. Forensic practitioners have then modified the protocol to make it more applicable to speech analysis in the forensic setting. The protocol and its use today in clinical and forensic phonetic applications will be explained in more detail in the seminar.


Janet Beck, Professor, Head of the Speech and Hearing Sciences Division, Queen Margaret University, Edinburg
Paul Foulkes, Professor, Language and Linguistic Science, University of York
Peter French, Professor, Language and Linguistic Science, University of York and owner of J P French Associates, Forensic speech and acoustics laboratory
Sandra Madureira, Professor, Department of Linguistics, Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo


Anders Eriksson, Lisa Gustavsson, Gláucia Salomäo and Hatice Zora