Phonetics and phonology
Phonetics and phonology; Centre for Speech Technology Research
The phonetics and phonology research group (or 'P-group') brings together researchers who are working to understand the phonetics and/or phonology of human language. We combine a broad range of expertise and interests, ranging from acoustic and articulatory phonetics to formal phonological theory, taking in sociophonetics, phonological dialectology, speech recognition and speech synthesis, speech perception, laboratory phonology, historical phonology, and developmental phonology.
We explore these issues from formal, experimental, and engineering perspectives, with interests in synchrony, diachrony, and acquistion. Members of the group work as individuals, in collaboration with each other, and in a number of collaborations with other researchers in Edinburgh and at other universities.
Most members of the group are primarily affiliated with Linguistics and English Language, but others come from elsewhere at the University of Edinburgh (e.g., the Centre for Speech Technology Research and Informatics), or from Speech and Hearing Sciences at Queen Margaret University.
The P-group normally meet (our meetings are called the 'Phonetics and Phonology Workshop', or 'P-workshop') on Thursdays (but not every Thursday) at 1:10pm, in the Dugald Stewart Building. For more information, contact Patrick Honeybone, James Kirby or Bert Remijsen.
Staff working in this area include:
|Dr Ellen Gurman Bard||Psycholinguistics of speech production and perception|
|Dr Julian Bradfield||Formal phonology; phonology-phonetics interface; click languages; simulations in phonology|
|Language variation and change; sociolinguistics; phonology; phonetics; quantitative methods|
|Professor Heinz J Giegerich||Phonological and morphological theory, especially in relation to English|
|Dr Lauren Hall-Lew||Sociolinguistics; sociophonetics; phonetic methods; English variation and change; language and ethnicity; language and tourism|
|Dr Patrick Honeybone||Historical phonology; phonological theory; northern Englishes|
|Dr Pavel Iosad||Theoretical phonology; phonological interfaces; historical phonology; Celtic languages; Germanic languages|
|Speech recognition; speech synthesis|
|Dr James Kirby||Phonetics and phonology; sound change; tone and register; language and music; languages of Southeast Asia|
|Professor Bob Ladd||Intonation and prosody (incl. phonology, phonetics, and paralinguistics); phonology-phonetics "interface" issues|
|Dr Warren Maguire||Dialectology; varieties of English/Scots; phonetic and phonological variation and change|
|Dr Mits Ota||First and second language acquisition; phonology|
|Dr Michael Ramsammy||
Experimental and theoretical phonology; phonological change; Creole Englishes; articulatory phonetics
|Dr Bert Remijsen||Suprasegmental systems: how languages make use of pitch, duration, voice quality, loudness, and to some extent vowel quality|
|Professor Jim Scobbie (Queen Margaret University)||Phonetics and phonology; allophony alternation and contrast; sociolinguistic laboratory phonology; child speech; covert contrast; constraint-based phonology; Sardinian lenition; Scottish English; articulatory phonetics; ultrasound analysis of the tongue; EMA (electromagnetic articulography)|
|Professor Mark Steedman||Computational linguistics; spoken intonation; spoken language processing|
|Professor Alice Turk||Speech production; speech perception; prosodic structure; timing|
You can also see what our current and recent postgraduate students are studying.
Find out more about the roots of phonetics and phonology research at Edinburgh.