Much of my research centres on errors in speech: how do errors come
about? What do they tell us about the processes involved in speaking?
Are listeners sensitive to speech disfluencies, and if they are, what
use can they make of them?
I am part of
the Edinburgh Disfluency
Group, which includes people
from Edinburgh and
Queen Margaret Universities, as
well as the odd member or visitor
from further afield.
I am a member of the
and Communication Group in the School
of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. I also have
the Psychological Imaging
Laboratory at the University of Stirling.
Below you can find a list of current (and nearly-current) projects
that I am involved in.
- Formation of Speech Errors
What causes people to make errors when they speak? By
eliciting errors in controlled laboratory situations, we
hope to be able to investigate and model errors in detail. Work with
McMillan, and Suzy Moat.
- Hesitation in Speech
Under what circumstances do people hesitate in speech (using
um or uh, or prolonging words?) We hope
to cast light on this by manipulating the kinds of things
that people are talking about. Work
with Ian Finlayson, Rob Hartsuiker, Michael Schnadt,
and Ollie Stewart.
- Causes of Stuttering
An investigation into what may make people stutter, relying
on stutterers' ratings of fluent and disfluent speech. Work
Lickley, and Melanie Russell.
- Syntactic Priming
Priming in languages with free word-order; timing issues in
priming; priming from syntactically ambiguous constituents.
Work with Christoph
Scheepers and Sarah Haywood.
- Comprehension of Filled Pauses
Researchers have suggested that we can infer much about the
current state of a speaker from filled pauses such as
um and uh. Can listeners make use of
this information? Work with Philip
Language and Gesture in Autism
How do people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder interpret and produce
gestures? Does the fact that some gestures have meaning mean that
they are processed differently? Work
with Heidi Ham
and Thusha Rajendran.
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