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Research Interests

The phonetics and phonology of speech timing
Prosody in speech production,
Prosody in speech perception, 
Developmental speech perception


Since 2009 Professor of Linguistic Phonetics, University of Edinburgh
2005-2009 Reader, Linguistics & English Language, University of Edinburgh
1995-2005 Lecturer, Linguistics & English Language, University of Edinburgh


Practical Phonetics: Transcription (Linguistics 2, since 1996)

Connected Speech (Linguistics 2, since 1999)

Ear Training (Linguistics 2, since 2002)

Honours Foundation: Phonetics and Phonology (since 2004)

Advanced Phonetics: Speech Production and Perception (Honours and MSc, 1995-2004; since

Prosody (Honours & MSc) (2008)

Isolated lectures on Sign Language (Linguistics 1), developmental speech production and
perception (Honours Language Acquisition), Empirical Methods (Linguistics 2)

Administrative Roles

2007-2010 Member, PPLS School Management Committee

2004-2010 Convenor, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences Computing
& Equipment Committee (previously called the Equipment and Travel Committee).

2004-2010 Member, HSS Computing Strategy Committee

Since 1997 Director of Studies, Linguistics & English Language

Since 1995 Director of the Laboratory, Department of Linguistics; Department of Theoretical
and Applied Linguistics; Linguistics & English Language

Since 1995 Member, University of Edinburgh/ Queen Margaret University College Speech
Production Facility Users committee


1993 Ph.D. in Linguistics; Cornell University
1991 MA in Linguistics; Cornell University
1987 AB with high honors in Classics; Program in Linguistics; Princeton University



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