School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Speech & Language Sciences

Speech and Language Sciences

Overview

Diverse and internationally recognised research by leading academics.

Our Research

  • Contributes to knowledge about both normal and disordered communication
  • Advances theoretical understanding and models of speech and language processing
  • Advances understanding of assessment and intervention within Speech Language Therapists

Research interests

These include:

  • speech and language pathology
  • clinical linguistics
  • psycholinguistics
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • bilingualism and sociolinguistics
  • phonetics

Staff have expertise in speech and language pathology, linguistics, phonetics and psychology. Many members of staff have expertise in more than one area.

Our interdisciplinary research approach involves collaboration between disciplines within the School. We work with other groups within the University and colleagues in the UK and abroad.

Research groups

Speech and language science research groups within the school include:

Partner agency

We also engage in research with the NHS. This is the North East Speech and Language Therapy Research Collaboration.

Acquired speech and language disorders

Our work covers a range of areas related to communication in adults and psycholinguistic processing.

Specific areas of research interest include:

  • Assessment and intervention in acquired communication disorders
  • Aphasia Motor speech disorders
  • Cognitive communication disorders of progressive as well non-progressive medical aetiologies
  • Developing theoretical understanding of speech and language processing in adults

There is more detail about our research in the individual staff pages (listed below) and in the Aphasia Centre website. 

Adult Impairment research staff

Professor David Howard
Research Development Professor

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7451

Dr Nicole Lallini
Lecturer in Speech & Language Pathology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3932

Fiona Menger
Teaching Fellow in Speech & Language Sci

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 8625

Professor Nick Miller
Prof of Motor Speech Disorders

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5603

Dr Julie Morris
Reader in Speech & Lang Sciences

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6841

Dr Christos Salis
Lecturer in Speech & Language Sciences

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8875

Dr Janet Webster
Senior Lecturer, Director of Clinical Education

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5235

Child Language

The group conducts research on typical and atypical speech. It looks at language development in monolingual and bilingual children.

The group conducts research on typical and atypical speech and language development in monolingual and bilingual children and young people.

Our interests include

  • Development and evaluation of assessments
  • Development and evaluation of interventions
  • The impact of speech and language development on academic achievement
  • Service delivery models for speech and language therapy

The Child Language Research Group is a forum for PhD students and staff. We meet on a monthly basis to discuss research ideas, proposals and ongoing projects.

There is more detail about our research in the individual staff pages (listed below)

Child Language research staff

Dr Jalal-eddin Al-Tamimi
Lecturer in Phonetics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5208

Dr Ghada Khattab
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6583

Professor James Law
Professor of Speech & Language Sciences

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5250

Dr Carolyn Letts
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7390

Dr Penny Levickis
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow

Dr Cristina McKean
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6528

Dr Carol Moxam
Literacy Clinic Director

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5890

Dr Nick Riches
Lecturer in Speech & Language Pathology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8720

Dr Faye Smith
Lecturer in Speech and Language Sciences

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Dr Helen Stringer
Senior Lecturer/Speech and Language Therapist

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5196

Phonetics

We have a particular interest in experimental phonetics, adult and child phonology, socio-phonetics and multilingualism.

Our research has focused on themes such as:

  • Laboratory phonology approaches, particularly in relation to the links between production, perception and learning/acquisition
  • The nature of phonetic variability and implications for phonetic theory
  • Articulatory to acoustic mapping
  • The role of fine phonetic detail in describing phonological patterns
  • The role of L1 in the phonological acquisition of the L2
  • Monolingual and bilingual phonological acquisition
  • Systematic properties of speech in its social context; socio-phonetics
  • Quantitative methods in experimental phonetics and phonology; quantitative methods in statistics

We also look at:

  • The nature of speech in populations of speakers with impaired speech production
  • The various dimensions (physical, linguistic, cognitive and social) of spoken communication
  • Arabic phonetics and phonology
  • Foreign accent

Phonetics research staff

Dr Jalal-eddin Al-Tamimi
Lecturer in Phonetics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5208

Dr Ghada Khattab
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6583