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Sandra Disner

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Linguistics

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-3884
Office: GFS 301

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website


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, 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

"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

"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   



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.


Ladefoged, P., Disner, S. F. (2011). Vowels and Consonants. Hoboken NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

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

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

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


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

Professional Memberships

Acoustical Society of America, 2012-2013   
International Association of Forensic Linguists, 2012-2013   
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   
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