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Forensic Speech–Language Pathology

Forensics is the application of science in determining evidence and facts relating to a crime. Forensic Speech–Language pathology is the application of speech science and linguistics in the solving of criminal cases. Forensic voice identification or comparison has a long (albeit minor) history in the larger field of Speech–Language pathology. A forensic Speech–Language pathologist (SLP) primarily deals with the science of determining the identity of an unknown speaker. Typically, a voice recording of an unidentified individual is compared with a voice recording of a known speaker. The issue for the forensic SLP is not what is being said, but who is doing the talking. Forensic SLPs may also serve as expert witnesses in civil and criminal cases. They may be called to submit their opinion ...

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