Date: Fri, 14 Jul 1995 20:14:19 -0700 From: Anton Sherwood Subject: Re: oj trial Alan S. Kaye writes: > I would like to see the "expert" identify correctly out of 100 tape > recordings of, say, 100 different people born and raised in a southern > state, e.g., chosen at random, and identify blacks from non-blacks. > My guess is that this is next to impossible. So the witness should say the voice "sounded Black-or-Southern" rather than "sounded Black" -- a distinction without a difference, as either way most Californians are excluded. Bill Kretzschmar adds: > As it happens, the witness is a non-native-speaker of American > English, and so not able to make any such judgment in any case. With practice, I can hear accents in French (e.g. Vaudois, Italian), though not as subtly as a native (and I wouldn't attempt to speak French with, say, an Irish accent); is Northern-vs-Southern a subtle difference? *\\* Anton Ubi scriptum?