Allen Hirson MA, MEWI

AllenHirsonAllen Hirson, a Senior Lecturer in Phonetics at City University in London has worked on around 1100 cases involving evidential speech recordings over a 23 year period, and has given evidence at all levels from Magistrates to the International Criminal Court and International Commissions of Enquiry (e.g. in a case of a cockpit voice recorder).  He is Lecturer in Phonetics and Director of the Speech Acoustics Laboratory at this institution.  He is also a Founder Member of the professional association overseeing Forensic Phonetics internationally (the IAFPA) and a serving member of the Board of Governors of the Expert Witness Institute.  Work includes telephone recordings, covert recordings, handling matters of speaker identification, speech decoding and other matters.  He has worked on some 21 languages other than English where he has collaborated with appropriate language specialists.  As an independent forensic scientist he works roughly equally for the Prosecution and the Defence.

Research Interests

British English ('Streetalk'); the reliability of lip-reading evidence in British courts; and details of r- pronunciation in British English.

Administration: Member of Senate and University Strategy & Policy group, as well as Director of City University Forensic Centre. Admissions Tutor, Module Leader, Director of the Speech Acoustics Laboratory. Chair of Departmental Laboratory Team, and Learning Resources Committee.

External Activity: Specialist in the area of forensic phonetics. Forensic phonetics is the analysis of evidential speech recordings for the Courts.