Linguistics at Newcastle

Staff Profile

Dr Jalal-eddin Al-Tamimi

Lecturer in Phonetics



I am a lecturer in experimental phonetics and phonology interested in examining the links between production, perception and learning/acquisition.

I received my BA in Jordan at Yarmouk University, Irbid in Modern Languages: French and English Language and Literature in 1998. I moved to France to Lyon II University where I obtained two BAs: BA in Teaching French as a Foreign Language (FLE) in 1999, and a BA in Language Sciences in 2000. I then obtained two MA degrees in Language Sciences, option Phonetics and Phonology in 2001 and 2002. I started working on my PhD in 2002 at the University Lyon 2 on the role of Dynamic cues in Production and Perception of vowels in Arabic and French, and earned my Diploma in 2007. I started working at the University of Newcastle in December 2007 as a Research Associate with Dr. Ghada Khattab on the Acquisition of Phonology by Lebanese Arabic speaking children. In September 2013, I was appointed as a Lecturer in Phonetics at Newcastle University.

Roles and Responsibilities

2016-...: UG Admissions Tutor, Speech and Language Sciences, Newcastle University (Shadowing N. Riches)

2014-...: Peer mentoring and Buddy system coordinator, Speech and Language Sciences, Newcastle University

2014-...: Chair of the Speech and Language Sciences section's Ethics committee

2010: Co-organiser of the CRiLLS / IoN Research Away Day on the 25th June 2010.

2009: Member of the local organising committee for the 7th UK Language Variation and Change Conference (UKLVC7), Newcastle University, September 1st-3rd, 2009.

2009: Co-organiser of the Internation Workshop on Pharyngeals and Pharyngealisation, Newcastle University, March 26-27, 2009.

2007: Co-organiser of the International workshop "Coarticulation: Cues, Direction & Reprsentation", Montpellier December 7, 2007.

2006-2008: Pedagogic Director of the Language Sciences module in Language Therapy at the "Institut des Sciences et Techniques de Réadaptation", Lyon 1 University, Lyon, France.

2002-2008: Supervisor of 1 dissertation and co-supervisor of 5 dissertations in Voice Therapy at the "Institut des Sciences et Techniques de Réadaptation" Lyon 1 University.


2015: Newcastle Teaching Award, Descriptor One of the UK Professional Standards Framework, Newcastle University, UK.

2012: Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Newcastle University, UK

2002-2007: PhD in Language Sciences option Phonetics and Phonology, Lyon 2 University, Lyon, France.

2001-2002: MA2 (DEA) in Language Sciences option Phonetics and Phonology, Lyon 2 University, Lyon, France.

2000-2001: MA1 (Maîtrise) in Language Sciences option Phonetics and Phonology, Lyon 2 University, Lyon, France.

1999-2000: BA in Languages Sciences, Lyon 2 University, Lyon, France.1998-1999: BA in Teaching French as a Foreign Language (FLE), Lyon 2 University, Lyon, France.

1994-1998: BA in French Language and Literature, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan.

Previous positions

2012-2013: Research Associate on an ARC-funded Discovery Project entitled "You came TO DIE?! Perceptual adaptation to regional accents as a new lens on the puzzle of spoken word recognition" with Gerry Docherty and Lecturer in Phonetics for the BSc in Speech and Language Sciences; the MSc in Language Pathology and the Integrated PhD in Phonetics and Phonology.

2010-2012: Research Associate on the project "Psychological Significance of Production Templates in Phonological and Lexical Advance: A Cross-Linguistic Study".
2007-2010: Research Associate on the project "Phonological acquisition in multilingual settings: the case of Lebanese Arabic", supervised by Dr. Ghada Khattab. My work consists of the identification of the acoustical basis of gemination in Lebanese Arabic on the adults data (12 males and 12 females), by investigating the effect of gemination on both consonants and vowels. After that, a longitudinal study will be conducted to evaluate the acquisition of geminates in Lebanese Arabic children aged 9 to 24 months in multilingual setting.

2002-2007: For my doctoral research, I carried out an investigation on the role of dynamic cues identified in production and their impact on the perception of vowels in Jordanian and Moroccan Arabic in comparison with French. By dynamic cues I mean the spectral information available in the transition between vowels and consonants, while the static ones include the mid-point values of vowel formants. A perceptual design was developed in order to test the ability of listeners of each language to identify the vocalic prototypes of their systems. Main results show that the dynamic cues do affect the identification of prototypes in each language.

2001-2007: Assitant lecturer in Acoustic Phonetics and its` application in voice therapy, at the "Institut des Sciences et Techniques de Réadaptation", Lyon 1 University, Lyon, France.
2001-2007: Research Assistant at the "Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage", CNRS and Lyon 2 University, (several contracts).


2017-...: Member of the Association for Laboratory Phonology

2008-...: Member of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians, BAAP.

2002-2010: Member of the International Speech Communication Association, ISCA.

2002-2010: Member of the Association Francophone de la Communication Parlée, AFCP.

2011-2014: Member of the International Congress for the Study of Child Language (IASCL).


Arabic, French and English


Research Interests

  • Laboratory Phonology, and the phonetic-phonology interface
  • Role of (multiple) acoustic cues in production and perception
  • Role of the Epilarynx in Back consonants in Arabic
  • Articulatory to acoustic mapping in Feature Specification
  • Acoustic and perceptual phonetics
  • C-V Coarticulation in production and perception
  • Static and Dynamic cues in vowel production and perception
  • Effects of Inventory Size on Vowel Dispersion on both Production and Perception
  • Locus Equation and formant slope application in production
  • Arabic Dialectology

Other Expertise

  • Praat Scripting
  • Ultrasound Imaging (AAA software)
  • Electroglottography (EGG)
  • Statistical analyses in R
  • Quantitative methods: (Generalized)Linear-Mixed Modelling (with Gaussian, binomial, multinomial and ordinal data); classification techniques (Discriminant Analysis, Logistic Regression as prediction tool, Random Forests and Conditional Inference Trees)
  • Acoustic analyses of Voice quality (harmonic differences, HNR, spectra analyses)
  • Objective evaluation of voice quality
  • Acoustic profiling of consonants and vowels
  • Formant-based vowel synthesis
  • GitHub repository for R and Praat scripts

Research Roles

Peer Reviewer for: Phonetica, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America; Laboratory Phonology; Plos ONE; Applied Psycholinguistics; Journal of Phonetics; Computer Speech and Language; Journal of the International Phonetic Association; Speech Communication; Speech, Language, and Hearing; Studia Linguistica; Journal of Sociolinguistic Studies; LabPhon Conference; ESRC projects; Newcastle Working Papers in Linguistics; York Working Papers in Linguistics.


2017-2018: "Articulatory to acoustic mapping of the Epilarynx in the production of back consonants in Arabic", British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants - SRG 2016 Round. Start 01/01/2017, end 30/06/2018

2016-2018: "Arabic Forced Alignment using PraatAlign and Maus automatic segmentation systems", Faculty Research Fund (FRF), HASS faculty, Newcastle Upon Tyne

2011-...: Various funding application to attend conference, School Research Committee, ECLS.

2011: British Academy Overseas Conference Grant (OCG 11): 17th ICPhS (International Congress of Phonetic Sciences)

Postgraduate Supervision

I'm happy to supervise PhD students working on the interface between phonetics and phonology (LabPhon); on the links between speech production and perception; on the acquisition of L1/L2 phonological systems and on Arabic phonetics and phonology.

I'm currently co-supervisor of four PhD students:

  • Nief Al-Gamdi: "Acoustic properties of the voicing contrast in Najdi Arabic". (first supervisor 50% with Ghada Khattab, SLS)
  • Wael Almurashi: "Dynamic specification of vowels in Hijazi Arabic" (first supervisor 50% with Ghada Khattab, SLS)
  • Jac Mantle: "Pre-speech tongue movements and verbal reaction times in acquired apraxia of speech" (second supervisor 45%, with Nicole Lallini and Danielle Turton, SLS, ESRC-NINEDTP)
  • Jasmine Warburton: "Vowel Mergers in Tyneside English: how does sound change affect the relationship between production and perception?" (second supervisor 30%, with Danielle Turton, and David Walshaw, SELL, ESRC-NINEDTP) 
  • Hajar Moussa: "The phonetics and phonology of Jeddah Arabic prosody" (first supervisor 60%, with SJ. Hannahs, SLS)
  • Hana Ehbara: "The Impact of Computer-Assisted Pronunciation Teaching on Libyan Child Learners of English" (second supervisor 40%, with Martha Young-Scholte, SLS)
  • Daniel McCarthy: "The processing of formant transitions in the recognition of place of articulation" (first supervisor 50%, with Ghada Khattab, SLS, ESRC-DTC)
  • Yiling Chen: "English Intonation Acquisition by Chinese TEFL/TESOL Students: Effects of Intonation Instruction and Self-directed Pitch Visualization Training" (second supervisor 50%, with Ghada Khattab, SLS)

Previous PhD students

  • Patchanok Kitikanan: "English Fricative Acquisition by Thai Learners" (first supervisor, with Ghada Khattab, SLS)
  • Ying Li: "Training L1-Mandarin Adults and Children in L2-Englishg Contrasts perception and production", (second supervisor, with S.J. Hannahs, SELLL)
  • Wasan AlSiraih: "Voice Quality Features in the Production of Pharyngeal Consonants by Iraqi Arabic Speakers" (second supervisor, with Ghada Khattab, SLS)

External PhD examinations

  • 2016: Amin Alshangiti: "Lexical borrowings in immigrant speech: A sociolinguistic study of Hassaniyya Arabic speakers in Medina (Saudi Arabia)". Durham University, UK
  • 2012: Muhammad Kamal Khan: "Pashto Phonology: The relationship between syllable structure and word order". The University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Muzaffarabad, Pakistan

Internal PhD examinations:

  • 2015: Hisham Alkadi: "English speakers’ common orthographic errors in Arabic as L2 writing system: An analytical case study", Applied Linguistics, ECLS, Newcastle University
  • 2013: Isao Hara: "An Acoustic Analysis of Vowel Sequences in Japanese", Speech and Language Sciences, ECLS, Newcastle University


Undergraduate Teaching (BSc)

SPE1034: Linguistics and Phonetics I - Phonetics

SPE2042: Linguistics and Phonetics II - Phonetics

Postgraduate Teaching (MSc)

SPE8151: Phonetics I: Speaker, Speech and Language

SPE8210: Phonetics II: Gesture, Segment, Prosody

Postgraduate Teaching (IPhD in Phonetics and Phonology)

SPE8011: Fundamental Elements of Phonetics and Phonology (Phonetics I and II)

SPE8032: Core Issues in Experimental Phonetics and Phonology