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Name: Robert  Alexander Mayr
Institution: University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
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Homepage: http://www3.uwic.ac.uk/english/health/slt/people/pages/rmayr.aspx
State and/or Country: South Wales
United Kingdom   
Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Language Acquisition
Selected Publications: Mayr, Robert & Paola Escudero (2010) “Explaining individual variation in L2 perception: rounded vowels in English learners of German,” Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 13,

Mayr, Robert (2010) “What exactly is a front rounded vowel? An acoustic and articulatory investigation of the NURSE vowel in South Wales English,” Journal of the International Phonetic Association 40 (1): 93-112. [doi:10.1017/S0025100309990272].

Thomas, Enlli Mon & Mayr, Robert (in press) “Acquiring Welsh in a bilingual setting: a psycholinguistic perspective,” In: Morris, D. (ed.) Welsh in the 21st Century. Cardiff: Cardiff University Press.

Mayr, Robert & Davies, Hannah (2009) “The monophthongs and diphthongs of North-eastern Welsh: an acoustic study,” Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2009), 6-10 September, Brighton, pp 2315-2318.

Mayr, Robert & Escudero, Paola (2008) “Individual variation in L2 perceptual development: the case of rounded German vowels by English learners”, BAAP 2008 Symposium, 31 March – 2 April 2008, University of Sheffield.

Escudero, Paola & Mayr, Robert (2007) “Explaining individual variation in L2 perceptual development: the acquisition of rounded German vowels by English learners,” Paper presented at New Sounds 2007: Fifth international symposium on the acquisition of second-language speech, 25-28 November 2007, Florianopolis, Brazil.

Müller, Torsten & Mayr, Robert (2007) “Speech rate, time pressure and emotion in English and German football commentary”, In: Weinert, R. (ed.) Spoken language pragmatics: an analysis of form-function relations, Continuum, pp. 160-181.

Mayr, Robert & Escudero, Paola (2007) “Explaining difficult cases in L2 perception: German rounded vowels by English listeners” (with Paola Escudero), Paper presented at the 6th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB6), 30 May – 2 June 2007, University of Hamburg.
Academic Paper Abstract: Explaining individual variation in L2 perception: Rounded vowels in English learners of German
A cross-dialectal acoustic study of the monophthongs and diphthongs of Welsh

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