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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Madeleine Rees





Professor Brechtje Post and Dr Matt Davis (co-supervisor)

Research Topic

Individual variability dictating integration of speech production and perception systems in Spanish & English-speaking bilinguals 


Madeleine is a first year PhD student in Theoretical & Applied Linguistics. Her research interests are based in psycholinguistics, particularly speech perception and speech processing, and in phonetics, speech production and language variation and change.


Her PhD project, supervised by members of staff from both Linguistics and Cognition & Brain Sciences, aims to illuminate how different speaker groups (especially bilinguals) perceive speech, in particular investigating the involvement of the motor system. The project also focuses on defining the individual factors which lead speakers to favour certain speech perception strategies. Concurrently, Madeleine is involved in side projects investigating phonetic variation in Chilean Spanish.


ESRC Pembroke 1 +3 DTP scholarship


Li6 (phonetics) supervisor; MPhil Experimental P&P seminar week 5 (Categorical Perception)

Conference papers

Rees, M. (2020). What is the relationship between speech perception and production in bilinguals? [Conference poster]. Cambridge Language Sciences Symposium, November 17th 2020. Retrieved from


Rees, M. (In press for 2021) The palatalisation of the voiceless velar fricative in Santiago, Chile: a variationist analysis. JoULAB, 1.

Other activities and roles

Phonetics & Phonology Lab Seminar coordinator

MMLL Volunteer Events Committee