James Tompkinson

Dr James Tompkinson

    • United Kingdom

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    I work as a research fellow in the Spoken Interaction in Legal Contexts centre within the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics. I am currently working on the "For The Record" project, which is focussed on issues in the transcription of police interviews and their subsequent use in the criminal justice system. 

    Before joining the AIFL, I worked as a forensic consultant at J P French Associates, primarily in the areas of speaker comparison and transcription. My research has focussed on how people perceive spoken threats, how non-linguists describe voices, and how vocal and facial information influences judgements made about other people.

    I have also lectured and taught phonetics to students at Newcastle University, the University of York and the University of Huddersfield. I have been involved in collaborative research projects in forensic linguistics and phonetics with colleagues at J P French Associates, the University of York, and Hofstra University (New York, USA).

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA)

    International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics (IAFLL)

    Research Interests

    I am particularly intersted in research topics which are relevant to both forensic phonetics and forensic linguistics. These include, but are not limited to, speaker comparison methods, regional variation in English dialects, acoustic analysis of speech, perceptual judgements based on speech information, integrated methodologies in forensic linguistics, spoken and written threats, and transcription of poor quality audio. 

    Contact Details

    Email: j.tompkinson@aston.ac.uk

    Twitter: @JTompkinson


    PhD in Linguistics, University of York

    MSc in Forensic Speech Science, University of York

    BA (First class honours with distinction) in English Language and Linguistics, University of York


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