The “Voiceprint” Problem

  • Harry Hollien
Part of the Applied Psycholinguistics and Communication Disorders book series (APCD)


“Voiceprints” are a problem that simply will not go away. For example, as late as 1981, the proponents of this method of speaker identification claimed that their approach had been accepted by courts of law in 25 of the states within the United States, by two military courts, plus by two courts in Canada (29). Perhaps more alarming, yet other courts (including several appellate and supreme courts) have admitted “voiceprints,” and these techniques have even been accepted in some European countries. Of course, whether the method can be successfully introduced into other courts, and continued in those that have accepted it previously, is open to question. Nevertheless, this approach to speaker identification appears to be holding on (at least marginally) even in the face of numerous setbacks, negative research and general disapproval by the relevant scientific community. How could this situation occur in countries as technologically advanced as are those cited? An answer is not easily provided.


Speaker Verification Speaker Identification False Identification Military Court Speech Scientist 
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  • Harry Hollien
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  1. 1.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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