Phonetics and phonology

Overview

Overview

  • Child phonology
  • Forensic speech science
  • Intonational variation
  • Phonetics of talk-in-interaction
  • Second language phonology
  • Sociophonetics

Research in phonetics and phonology encompasses a wide range of interests. These include child phonology, declarative phonology, exemplar theory, Firthian Prosodic Analysis, forensic speech science, intonational variation, laboratory phonology, second language phonology, sociophonetics, speech synthesis, and the phonetics of talk-in-interaction. Our research is characterised by a focus on understanding the fine phonetic detail of speech in natural settings. Our work is strongly empirical, making extensive use of unscripted speech data to explore theoretical positions in phonology, sociolinguistics and language acquisition.

Members

Members

Staff Research students Associates
  • Rana Alhussein Almbark
  • Louisa Stevens
  • Nicholas Flynn
  • Phil Harrison
  • Kim Wilson
  • Kimberley Witten
  • Frantz Clermont
  • Francis Nolan

Corpora

Corpora

  • A child language acquisition database of longitudinal and cross-sectional data from over 60 children (aged 2-5) with their mothers in contexts of natural speech interaction.
  • The Firthian Phonology Archive documents the origins and development of the type of phonological analysis associated with JR Firth ("Firthian Prosodic Analysis"), the UK’s first professor of linguistics. The Archive contains both published and unpublished material, and is of historical and theoretical interest.