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D.Phil., University of York 1990-1996. Thesis title: An exploration of phonetic exponency in Firthian Prosodic Analysis: form and substance in Finnish phonology. Supervisor: John Kelly. Examiners: Dr. Gerry Knowles (University of Lancaster), Prof. John Local (University of York).
M.Phil. Darwin College, University of Cambridge, 1988-1989. Computer Speech and Language Programming. Courses included Algorithms for Speech Processing, Programming in LISP and Pascal, Psycholinguistics, Speech Synthesis. Dissertation on Lexical Disambiguation.
B.A. (Hons.) Queens' College, University of Cambridge, 1984-1987. First Class Honours. Courses included General Linguistics, Phonetics, Swedish Language & Literature.
Academic and professional interests.
Phonetic and phonological modelling of natural speech; Speech Synthesis; Declarative Phonology; Firthian Prosodic Analysis.
Oct. 1995-present: Lecturer in Linguistics, Department of Language & Linguistic Science, University of York.
July 1995: devised grapheme-phoneme rules for American English for British Telecom plc.
Autumn 1994: devised grapheme-to-phoneme rules for American English for British Telecom plc.
Jan. 1990-Sep. 1994: Research Associate, Department of Language & Linguistic Science, University of York. Project on YorkTalk, a speech synthesis system. Funded by British Telecom plc.
Oct. 1989-Dec. 1989: Research Assistant, Engineering Laboratories, University of Cambridge. Speech labelling.
First year phonetics (80 students); first year phonology (60 students); first year English phonetics and phonology (50 students).
Post-first year modules in Instrumental Phonetics, Articulatory and Impressionistic Phonetics, Firthian Prosodic Analysis, Non-linear Phonologies, Laboratory Phonology, Research in Laboratory Phonology.
MA courses in Phonetics and Phonology, including dissertations.
M.Phil./D.Phil. supervision in Phonetics and Phonology.
Work on the phonetics and phonology of English, Finnish, and Nenets. Other languages I have worked on include Danish, Norwegian, Welsh, Scots Gaelic, Dutch, Hebrew and Romanian.
Analysis of spontaneous speech.
Publications and Patents
(1992) Parametric interpretation in YorkTalk. York Papers in Linguistics 16, 81-99.
(1993) What Firthian Prosodic Analysis has to say to us. Edinburgh Working Papers in Cognitive Science 8 (1993), 107-127.
(1993) Why pi's aren't autosegments: a note on the misrepresentation of a research tradition in phonology. (Main author with John Local as co-author). York Research Papers in Linguistics YLLS/RP 1993-3, ISSN 1350-2956.
(1994) Disentangling Autosegments from Prosodies: a note on the misrepresentation of a research tradition in phonology. (Main author with John Local as co-author). Journal of Linguistics 30 (1994), 477-498.
(1995) Palatality as a Prosody in Tundra Nenets Proceedings of the XIIIth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Stockholm, 1995.
(1996) Prosodies in Finnish. York Papers in Linguistics 17, 191-240.
(1996) "Where" is timing? A response to Caroline Smith. In Amalia Arvaniti & Bruce Connell (eds.) Papers in Laboratory Phonology 4, Cambridge: CUP.
(1998) A model of timing for nonsegmental phonological structure. In J.P.H. v an Santen, R.W. Sproat, J.P. Olive & J. Hirschberg (eds.) Progress in Speech Synthesis (.) Springer, New York. pp. 109-122.
(1998) ProSynth: An integrated prosodic approach to device-independent, natural-sounding speech synthesis. (Co-authored with Sarah Hawkins, Jill House, Mark Huckvale and John Local.) Proceedings of ICSLP, Sydney, 1998.
(1999) Temporal interpretation in ProSynth, a prosodic speech synthesis system. Proceedings of the XIVth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, San Francisco, 1999.
(1999) A syllable level feature in Finnish. In Harry van der Hulst & Nancy Ritter (eds.), The Syllable: views and facts, 651-672. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
(1999). A declarative account of strong and weak auxiliaries in English. Phonology, 16, 55-92.
(2000) ProSynth: An Integrated Prosodic Approach to Device-Independent, Natural-Sounding Speech Synthesis. Computer Speech and Language, 14, 177-210.
Patent in Speech Synthesis, granted in Europe, Canada, and the USA (EP 0 723 696 B1).
Autumn 1999 onward: Chair of the Graduate School Board in the Department of Language & Linguistic Science. Autumn 2000-Spring 2001: Acting Chair, Board of Studies in the Department of Language & Linguistic Science. Member, Departmental Teaching Committee.
Spring 1998 onward: Appraiser in the Department of Language & Linguistic Science.
Autumn 2000 onward: Mentor in the Department of Language & Linguistic Science.
Autumn 1995-Autumn 1999: MA course co-ordinator; Chair of the Board of Examiners for Postgraduates in the Department of Language & Linguistic Science.
Professional (refereeing etc.)
Referee for the following journals: Computer Speech and Language;Jounral of the Acoustics Society of America Journal of Linguistics; Language and Speech; JIPA; Word; Logopedics, Phoniatrics, Vocology.
Co-host of the Sixth International Conference on Laboratory Phonology (LabPhon VI), York, July 1998. Co-editor of the LabPhon 6 Volume (published by CUP).
I am a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and have served the Society in a variety of capacities: as clerk, member of Yearly Meeting Agenda Committee (responsible for the business at the yearly meeting of British Quakers), and as a "Quaker chaplain" at the University.