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French, Peter

  1. Jonas Lindh

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0440

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Lindh, J. 2012. French, Peter. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Peter French (1953– ) is honorary professor in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York. He is probably the world's most experienced speech scientist in respect of forensic casework. He has been consulted as an expert witness in more than 5,000 cases arising from countries throughout the world and has appeared in court on over 200 occasions. The cases in which he has been consulted have been heard before courts of all levels, including International Commissions of Enquiry and the International War Crimes Tribunal. With regard to the latter court, he provided evidence for the genocide trial of the President of the former Yugoslavia, United Nations v. Slobodan Milošević ( In the United Kingdom his involvement in the case R v. Ingram, C., Ingram, D., and Whittock, T.—the so-called “‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ Fraud Trial”—received wide media attention (French & Harrison, 2004).


  • language variation and change;
  • phonetics;
  • phonology