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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

 

Professor Francis Nolan

Francis Nolan
Position(s): 
Professor of Phonetics
Department/Section: 
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 335060
Location: 

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages 
University of Cambridge 
Sidgwick Avenue 
Cambridge  
CB3 9DA

About: 

Francis Nolan's interests centre on Phonetic theory. His early research looked at how, and to what extent, the identity of a speaker is encoded in speech - see for instance his book The Phonetic Bases of Speaker Recognition (Cambridge: CUP, 1983 [reissued 2009]), and as a consequence he has been active in the application of Phonetics in forensic science. He led two ESRC-funded projects, DyVis and VoiceSim, which studied aspects of speaker identity. His research interests also include prosody (including speech rhythm and dialect differences in intonation), and the Phonetic variation which occurs in fluent, natural speech. His teaching covers Phonetic theory and description, phonology, practical Phonetic skills, and experimental Phonetics.