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Sandra Disner

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Linguistics

Contact Information
E-mail: sdisner@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 821-2309
Office: GFS 301

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Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website
 

Education

Ph.D. Linguistics, UCLA, 6/1983
M.A. Linguistics, UCLA, 6/1978
B.A. , Wellesley College, 6/1972
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Assistant Professor (Teaching) , USC, 2014-2015  
Assistant Professor (Teaching) , USC, 2013-2014  
Assistant Professor (Teaching) , USC, 2012-2013   
Lecturer, USC, 2011-2012   
Lecturer, USC, 2010-2011   
Lecturer, USC, 2009-2010   
 

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Lecturer, USC, 2008-2009   
Lecturer, USC, Fall 2007   
Lecturer, USC, Spring 2006   
Lecturer, UCLA, Spring 2006   
Lecturer, U.C. Riverside, Fall 1981   
 

Description of Research

Research Specialties

Forensic linguistics, phonetics and phonology, accents of American English.
 

Funded Research

USC Funding

Larger Faculty Development Grant. West Coast Roundtable on Language & Law: Travel funds to attend West Coast Roundtable on Language and Law, Vancouver, Canada, $1,500, 2012-2013   
Faculty Travel Grant. International Assn of Forensic Linguists: Travel funds to attend the International Assn of Forensic Linguists in Birmingham, England., $500, Fall 2011   
Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching. Speaker Identification: Support for research into forensic linguistic issues, particularly the identification of a speaker by means of vocal acoustics., $5,000, 05/2009-05/2010  
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Sound analysis of trademarks", 11th Biennial, International Association of Forensic Linguists, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Mexico City, 07/2013-  
"Examining the voice bar", Acoustical Society of America, Poster, Refereed Abstract, San Diego, CA, Fall 2011   
"The fine structure of phonation as a biometric", Acoustical Society of America, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Cancun, Mexico, 2010-2011   
"Individuating vocal characteristics with the reassigned spectrogram", International Association of Forensic Linguists, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Birmingham, England, Spring 2011   
"Advanced time-frequency displays applied to forensic speaker identification ", Acoustical Society of America, Poster, Refereed Paper, Portland, Oregon, 2008-2009   
 

Other Presentations

"Fanciful trademarks require some sleuthing", 6th West Coast Roundtable on Language and Law, San Francisco, CA, 07/2013-  
"Phonetic complements to linguistic evidence", 5th West Coast Roundtable on Language and Law, Vancouver, Canada, 07/2012-  
"Cross-language differences in related vowels", Participant in "Pisa Lectures" series, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, Spring 1988   
 

Publications

Abstract

Fulop, S., Disner, S. F. (2011). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Acoustical Society of America.
Disner, S. F., Fulop, S., Hsieh, F. (2010). The fine structure of phonation as a biometric. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
 

Book

Ladefoged, P., Disner, S. F. (2012). Vowels and Consonants. Hoboken NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
 

Encyclopedia Article

Disner, S. F. (2013). Forensic Linguistics. Heidelberg: Springer: Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
 

Advisement

Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students

Supervised three Independent Study courses for undergraduates in the Linguistics Department, 2012-2013   
 

Guest Lectures in Courses

Ling 412: Linguistic Interpretation of the Law Guest lecture on Forensic Phonetics , Fall 2011   
Trial Practice (UCLA Law School) Served as an expert witness in the students' Trial Practice term project. (Invited to lecture by Prof. Paul Bergman of UCLA Law School), 1998-2001  
 

New Courses Developed

Language, Law and Literature, General Education GESM 120, A GE seminar in Humanistic Inquiry, based on ARLT 100g, 2015-2016   
Leaving our own imprint, General Education GESM 120, A GE seminar in Humanistic Inquiry, based on ARLT 100g, 2015-2016   
Language, Law and Literature, Arts & Letters, A course that examines some of the landmark issues in American jurisprudence through the prism of language. It then views notable works of literature, film, and ballad through that same prism., Fall 2014   
Leaving Our Own Imprint: Adaptations of the novel, poem, story and play through the centuries, Arts and Letters, Freshman seminar on adaptations through the centuries of four great works of literature: The Divine Comedy, The Decamoeron, King Lear, and Don Quixote, 2010-2011   
New Horizons in Speaker Identification, Linguistics, An overview of forensic phonetics, with an opportunity for hands-on research into the identifiability of voices based on their acoustic characteristics., Spring 2010   
 

Service to the University

Committees

Member, Linguistics Department consultative committee on the selection of a Department Chair., 2012-2013   
 

Review Panels

USC Dornsife, Committee to select Trustee and Presidential Scholars for 2014-15, Spring 2014   
USC Dornsife, Merit Evaluation Appeal Committee , Spring 2014   
 

Other Service to the University

Presented research findings at the annual breakfast meeting of the Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching, 2010-2011   
 

Service to the Profession

Committees

Member, Linguistics Department Consultative Committee on the selection of a Department Chair., 2012-2013   
 

Professional Memberships

Acoustical Society of America, 2014-2015   
Dictionary Society of North America, 2014-2015   
International Association of Forensic Linguists, 2014-2015   
International Phonetic Association, 2010-2011   
Linguistic Society of America, 2010-2011   
The Association for Laboratory Phonology, 2010-2011   
 
 

Reviewer for Publication

The Phonetician, International Society of Phonetic Sciences, Book reviews in the field of phonetics, 2012-2013   
Journal of the International Phonetic Association, Refereed papers on Western European languages, 2003-2004   
 

Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

Interviewed by CNN http://newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/2014/06/03/did-bowe-bergdahl-forget-english/, 05/2014  
Quoted by USA Today in an article on bilingualism, 05/2014  
 

Other Service to the Profession

Video conference on careers in Linguistics for the Boise State University Linguistics Association. (twice), 11/2012-10/2014  
Served on coordinating committee of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the UCLA Phonetics Laboratory , Spring 2014   
Reviewed grant proposals for the National Science Foundation, 1994-1997  
 
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