Wendell Kimper – Lab Manager
Wendell is a lecturer in Linguistics at the university, specialising in phonology and phonetics. Wendell is interested in speech perception, and in how phonetic/cognitive asymmetries relate to phonological processes. Wendell teaches Language, Mind and Brain (Year 1), Introduction to Phonology, Experimental Phonetics (Year 2) and Quantitative Research Methodology (Year 3).
Míša Hejná – Lab Assistant
Míša is a third year PhD student focussing on the phonetic realisation of voiceless plosives in Welsh English varieties in apparent time, particularly pre-aspirated plosives. She conducts her acoustic analysis in the lab as well as using recording booth to collect data from her respondents. For more information go here.
Yuni is a lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at the university, specialising in phonology, phonetics, and field linguistics. Yuni currently teaches Phonology 2: Sound Patterns Across Languages (Year 2), Intonation of English (Year 3) and MA Phonetics and Phonology. Her phonetic research interests include tone and intonation, coarticulation, and the phonetics-phonology interface, and she was formerly Lab Manager from 2009 to 2014. You can view Yuni’s personal webpage here.
Laurel is a lecturer in English Linguistics at the university, specialising in language variation and change. Laurel teaches or has taught Language Change Across the Lifespan (Year 3), Language Variation and Change (Year 2), The Linguistics of Names (Year 1), and Principles of Linguistics (Year 1). Her research interests lie in morphological and phonological variation and change, and in how linguistic theory can incorporate variation. You can view Laurel’s personal webpage here.
Fernanda is a second year PhD student looking at sociophonetic variation. Fernanda’s thesis focuses on the variety of English spoken in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. She uses the lab to conduct her acoustic analysis and is currently working on developing the FAVE program for use on British English. You can view Fernanda’s personal webpage here.
Chris is a second year PhD student looking at tone. Chris’ research focuses on how Punjabi speakers use tonal cues in the perception of non-tonal languages. He uses the lab to conduct his perceptual experiments and analyse acoustic data. Chris is also a lecturer in phonetics at Edge Hill University.
Alumni and Friends
Carlos Ivanhoe Gil Burgoin
Elke is a lecturer and teaching assistant and divides her time between teaching Linguistics and English Language at the university, as well as German Language studies at the University of Salford. Her research interests include instrumental and experimental phonetics, connected speech processes and non-modal phonation in connected speech. You can view Elke’s personal webpage here.
Michael is a lecturer in linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. Michael’s interests include theoretical and experimental phonology, and articulatory and acoustic phonetics. For his PhD thesis, supervised by Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero and Yuni Kim, Michael used EPG to study nasal place articulation in dialects of Spanish. You can view Michael’s personal webpage here.
Koen is a lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at Utrecht University. Koen is interested in (socio)phonetic variation, sound change and their implications for theories of phonological knowledge. Koen has recently been using the lab for an ultrasound study of Dutch. You can view Koen’s personal webpage here.
Pat is a British Academy postdoctoral research fellow at Queen Margaret University. Pat completed her PhD thesis Phonetics-phonology interactions in pre-sonorant voicing at Manchester, under the supervision of Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero and Yuni Kim. You can view Pat’s personal webpage here.
Danielle is a lecturer in phonology at Newcastle University. She has recently finished her PhD at Manchester. Danielle’s research uses ultrasound imaging to analyse patterns in English liquid consonants. In general, Danielle is interested in phonological variation and change, particularly in the Manchester accent. You can view her personal web page here.
BA students associated with the lab
Sarah is a BA student who makes regular use of the lab to collect data and carry out the analysis for her study, which utilizes acoustic and articulatory data obtained via Ultrasound. She is interested in phonological and phonetic differences in Chinese languages and dialects.
Ziyuan is a BA student. She is currently a research assistant for Wendell Kimper’s project on Artificial Grammar Learning. Her interests are experimental methods in psycholinguistics.