Linguistics at Newcastle

Experimental Phonetics & Phonology

Experimental Phonetics and Phonology


This research theme investigates the sounds of languages, how they are acquired, how they vary across dialects, and the abstract knowledge which underpins this system

The group studies a wide range of topics within Phonetics and Phonology, including;

  • the nature of phonetic variability and implications for phonetic and phonological theory
  • the various dimensions (physical, linguistic, cognitive and social) of spoken communication
  • sociophonetics
  • clinical phonetics
  • the acquisition of speech sound patterning in children
  • quantitative acoustic analysis of speech
  • second language phonology
  • sound change
  • french phonetics

There is also a very active phonetics and phonology reading/study group which engages in the following activities:

  • phonetic transcription of various languages, children's speech, and disordered speech
  • reading and discussing phonetics and laboratory phonology articles
  • dry-runs for conference presentations and preparation for panels
  • showcase of students' PhD work
  • using PRAAT


The following members of staff work within the Experimental Phonetics and Phonology research theme.

Dr Jalal-eddin Al-Tamimi
Senior Lecturer in Phonetics

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5208

Dr Damien Hall
Lecturer in French Linguistics, School of Modern Languages Director of the Year Abroad

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8521

Professor Ghada Khattab
Professor of Phonetics and Phonology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6583

Dr Danielle Turton
Lecturer in Phonology

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 8092

Professor Martha Young-Scholten
Professor of Second Language Acquisition

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7751