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.

Fernanda Barrientos

F-BarFernanda (F-Bar) is a second year PhD student in Manchester. Her thesis focuses on vowel perception in a second language, specifically in the case of native speakers of Spanish who learnt English. She is also adding a Bayesian component to model the influence of suprasegmental features in perception. More information can be found on her personal website here.

Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero

RBORicardo is a senior lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at the university, specialising in phonological and morphological theory and historical linguistics. Ricardo teaches Introduction to Phonology (Year 2), English Phonology Past and Present (Year 3), and MA Language Change. Ricardo’s research interests include the interfaces between phonology and phonetics and between morphosyntax and phonology. You can view Ricardo’s personal webpage here.

Deepthi Gopal


Yuni Kim


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 MacKenzie


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 McDougall


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 McCall-Twentyman


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

Eduard Artés


Carlos Ivanhoe Gil Burgoin


Glenda Lizárraga

Glenda is a fourth year PhD student at El Colegio de México. Her thesis focuses on Chichimeco Jonaz (Otopame, Mexico, PEI) verbal morphology, specifically in person, number and grammatical relations marking. As a visiting student in Manchester, she is working on Chichimeco verb tone patterns and morphophonemics, under the supervision of Dr. Yuni Kim. You can find out more here.

Jonathan Morris

Jonathan is a lecturer in linguistics at the School of Welsh, Cardiff University. His work examines sociophonetic variation in the speech of Welsh-English bilinguals and he completed his PhD in Manchester under the supervision of Maciej Baranowski, Yuni Kim and Yaron Matras. His other interests include sociolinguistics, bilingualism, and second language acquisition. You can view his personal page here.

Elke Philburn


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 Ramsammy


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 Sebregts


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.

Patrycja Strycharczuk


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 Turton


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 Mahmood


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 Pan


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.