Medical-legal and Forensic Aspects of Communication Disorders, Voice Prints, and Speaker Profiling

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Lawyers & Judges Pub., 2007 - Medical - 347 pages
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Medical-Legal and Forensic Aspects of Communication Disorders, Voice Prints, and Speaker Profiling is your comprehensive guide to this complicated area. This four part book is perhaps one of the most complete on this topic. Part I reviews the discipline of communication sciences and disorders and discusses the research methodology used to expand its knowledge base. Part II addresses issues related to medical malpractice and other medical-legal areas for all of the major communication and swallowing disorders. This section includes legal references and case studies. Part III of this volume examines spectrographic voice identification, the use of voice prints to identify or confirm the identities of speakers and suspects. Included in this section is a discussion of the acoustics of speech, a comprehensive review of phonetics, and voice prints showing and describing their salient forensic features. Part IV addresses the evolving concept of speaker profiling, the "facts" that can be concluded, and the "conjecture" drawn about what a speaker says and how he or she says it. Chapters in this section address speaker profiling principles, accent and dialect, speech patterns of intoxicated persons, speaker profiling during forensic interviews and interrogations, profiling persons with communication disorders, and instrumental voice stress analysis. This volume is designed to be the most authoritative, comprehensive text on these subjects, and a valuable resource for lawyers, judges, and professionals from law enforcement, homeland security, and intelligence agencies.

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Dennis C. Tanner received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Michigan State University where he was involved in voice print and speech pattern recognition research. Dr. Tanner's national and international scientific papers, diagnostic tests, and clinical programs address a wide range of topics in communication sciences and disorders. Books by Dennis Tanner include The Family Guide to Surviving Stroke and Communication Disorders, The Forensic Aspects of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The Psychology of Neurogenic Communication Disorders: A Primer for Health Care Professionals, Exploring Communication Disorders: A 21st Century Introduction Through Literature and Media, The Forensic Aspects of Speech Patterns: Voice Prints, Speaker Profiling, Lie and Intoxication Detection (with M. Tanner), Anatomy and Physiology Study Guide for Speech and Hearing (with W. Culbertson and S. Cotton), Case Studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and An Advanced Course in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dr. Tanner has been named “Outstanding Educator” by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions and the College of Health Profession's “Teacher of the Year.” He is the owner of Tanner Rehabilitation Services, Inc., and serves as an expert witness in legal cases involving Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dennis C. Tanner is currently Professor of Health Sciences at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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