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Language and Linguistics

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Experimental Phonetics and Phonology

Dr Kirsty McDougall

McDougall, Dr Kirsty

Dr McDougall is a phonetician, with particular interests in speaker characteristics, forensic phonetics, and the phonetic realisation of varieties of English. Her research has, among other things, highlighted the importance of dynamic as opposed to static features of speech (particularly formant frequencies) for characterising differences between speakers, and developed robust techniques for the selection of foils for voice parades. Dr McDougall is also interested in sociophonetic variation in English, and has undertaken various studies of consonant realisation in Australian English.

Brechtje Post

Post, Brechtje

Brechtje’s research draws on phonetics, phonology, language  psychology, language acquisition and cognitive neuroscience to gain insight into the way in which linguistic systems exploit speech sound to encode different types of meaning. Her main focus is on speech prosody (intonation, accentuation, rhythm, and phrasing).