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LINGUIST List 25.1963

Fri May 02 2014

Support: Acoustic Phonetics, Clinical Phonetics / United Kingdom

Editor for this issue: Danuta Allen <danutalinguistlist.org>

Date: 30-Apr-2014
From: Jim Scobbie <jscobbieqmu.ac.uk>
Subject: Acoustic Phonetics, Clinical Phonetics: PhD Student, Queen Margaret University, United Kingdom
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Department: CASL Research Centre
Web Address: http://www.qmu.ac.uk/casl/

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Queen Margaret University

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Phonetics
Acoustic Analysis, Audiology, Language Impairment, Speech Analysis, Speech Sciences


Research in Research in Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language (CASL) / Speech and Hearing Sciences covers a range of typical and clinical topics in speech, hearing, and language.

We accept applications in any of our areas (see contacts below), but particularly, we welcome applications in one of our three priority areas for 2014:

Topic 1:
Clinical Remediation of Speech Disorder Using Electropalatography or Ultrasound Tongue Imaging [BUR14-13].
We have a number of externally-funded projects undertaking clinical research into diagnosis and treatment using one or other of these articulatory techniques, and we welcome applications to take this impactful research forward.

- A qualification in Speech and Language Therapy.

The clinical focus of the research is open.

For EPG:
Dr Sara Wood
Dr Joanne Cleland

Topic 2:
Speech Intelligibility and Variability [BUR14-14].
Intelligibility is essential for fully-functional communication, so Speech and Language Therapists need valid and reliable tools for assessing and monitoring intelligibility. Projects in this area could focus on identification of acoustic or acoustic indicators of intelligibility (e.g. prosody, voice quality or variation in segmental articulation), or on the evaluation of different approaches to intelligibility measurement (e.g. a comparison of human listener judgments and computer-based automatic speech recognition). We have a particular interest in the speech intelligibility and variation of people with Parkinsons, but other clinical populations could be considered.

- A clinical qualification in Speech and Language Therapy would be an advantage.

Dr Joan Ma
Dr Felix Schaeffler
Dr Janet Beck

Topic 3:
Speech Articulation in Dialogue with Varied Listeners [BUR14-15].
Theoretical models of speech production can be tested by explicitly making speakers vary their own speech production parameters, or through varying the linguistic structure of the speech, but we know that speakers also intuitively vary their production dynamically with reference to their model of the listener. Much of the existing research into such listener accommodation examines the resulting acoustic output of the speaker. This project will explore speech production differences directly, using articulatory instrumentation, examining relaxed, clear, standard, and vernacular speech in varied listening contexts, including hearing-impaired listeners.

Prof James M Scobbie
Dr Jo White

Other topics:
Proposals relating to any of our core research areas will be considered, with priority given to clinical and clinically-related research.

For Speech Sciences, contact:

For Language Impairment, contact:
Dr Ann Clark

For Audiology, contact:

Full training in the use of relevant experimental and laboratory techniques will be provided if required.

Applications Deadline: 19-May-2014

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Mr Fraser Rudge Queen Margaret University Musselburgh Scotland EH21 6UU United Kingdom

Web Address for Applications: http://www.qmu.ac.uk/post_research/bursarycomp.htm

Contact Information:
        Fraser Rudge researchdegreesqmu.ac.uk

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