Catherine Lai


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

Contact details



Room 2.11, Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
Post code

Undergraduate teaching

Sem 1, 2023/24: Speech Processing (Hons) (LASC10061) -  Course Organizer

Sem 2, 2023/24: On research leave

Postgraduate teaching

Sem 1, 2022/23:

  • Speech Processing (LASC11158) - Course Organizer

Sem 2, 2022/23

  • Discourse Analysis (LASC11159)

Office Hours by appointment. 

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised

As first supervisor:

  • Sarenne Wallbridge (with Peter Bell & Steve Renals)
  • Yuanchao Li (with Peter Bell)
  • Alice Ross (with Martin Corley)

As second supervisor:


  • Johannah O'Mahony (with Simon King)
  • Emelie van de Vreken  (with Korin Richmond)
  • Jie Chi (with Peter Bell)
  • Mai Dao (with Peter Bell)
  • Bonnie Liu (with Sumin Zhao, Christian Ilbury)
  • Jack Tsangou

Past PhD students supervised

Leimin Tian (co-supervised with Johanna Moore)

Pilar Oplustil Gallegos (with Simon King)

Nina Markl ( with Lauren Hall-Lew)

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