Catherine Lai


  • Linguistics and English Language
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Working from home like everyone else but otherwise:
Room 3.26, Informatics Forum

10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh
Post code

Undergraduate teaching

Spring 2021

  • Discourse Analysis

Postgraduate teaching

Autumn 2020:

  • Speech Processing

Spring 2021

  • Speech Synthesis (Course Organizer)

These courses are also available to advanced undergraduates (with approval).

Office Hours by appointment. 

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised


  • Pilar Oplustil Gallegos ( with Simon King)
  • Nina Markl ( with Lauren Hall-Lew)
  • Emelie van de Vreken  (with Korin Richmond)
  • Jie Chi (with Peter Bell)
  • Sarenne Wallbridge (with Steve Renals)

Past PhD students supervised

Leimin Tian (co-supervised with Johanna Moore)

Research summary

Speech prosody, spoken language understanding, affective computing, discourse and dialogue structure, semantics, pragmatics, information structure


Current research interests

Topic and stance detection from spoken dialogue Prosody, presuppositions and information structure Generation and perception of prosody in synthetic speech Multimodal emotion recognition

Past research interests

See my website!

Affiliated research centres

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