Catherine Lai


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

Contact details



Room 2.11, Dugald Stewart Building
(Working at home some times)

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
Post code

Undergraduate teaching

Sem 1, 2022/23Speech Processing (Hons) (LASC10061) -  Course Organizer

Sem 2, 2022/23

  • LEL1B (LASC08023)
  • Discourse Analysis (LASC10114)

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)
  • Nina Markl ( with Lauren Hall-Lew)
  • Yuanchao Li (with Peter Bell)

As second supervisor:

  • Pilar Oplustil Gallegos (with Simon King)
  • 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)

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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