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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Kirsty McDougall

Senior Research Associate
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
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Kirsty McDougall is a Senior Research Associate in the Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Section, and a Fellow of Selwyn College. She is a phonetician, with particular interests in speaker characteristics, forensic phonetics, and the phonetic realisation of varieties of English. Her research has, among other things, highlighted the importance of dynamic as opposed to static features of speech (particularly formant frequencies) for characterising differences between speakers and developed robust techniques for the selection of foils for voice parades.

With colleague Martin Duckworth, she has developed and implemented a methodology for the analysis of fluency behaviour in forensic casework, TOFFA 'Taxonomy of Fluency features for Forensic Analysis'. She is also interested in sociophonetic variation in English, and has undertaken various studies of consonant realisation in Australian English.