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Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language (CASL) Research Centre


*** Seeing Speech ***

We're delighted to announce a new free online resource for phonetics teaching: Seeing Speech. This Scottish phonetics collaboration brings together traditional phonetic descriptions from the IPA and adds audio reference samples from two phoneticians, Janet Beck from QMU and John Esling from Victoria, Canada. The really exciting aspect is that the audio is complemented by simultaneous movies of tongue movement captured with ultrasound, in real time and half-speed. The site also features some full-head MRI movies of slow articulations, and numerous examples of dialectal variation in English, organised via Wells's lexical sets and an accent map. Explanations of the articulatory techniques finish off this resource, funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. Dr Eleanor Lawson was the research fellow, and the project was co-ordinated by Prof Jane Stuart-Smith at the University of Glasgow, where the site was developed and is hosted.

*** New Post-doctoral Research Fellow ***

We are delighted to announce that in September we will have a new colleague, Dr Patrycja Strycharczuk, who has been awarded funding by the British Academy for the phonology-phonetics project "Contrasts and categories in articulation and perception", which will run for 3 years from Sep 2013-Sep 2016. She will be working with Jim Scobbie and others on topics like fuzziness in phonology and the Scottish Vowel Length Rule.

*** Ultrafest 6, 2013***

CASL (QMU) and CSTR (University of Edinburgh) co-hosted the 6th Ultrafest Conference, from 6th-8th November 2013, at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh, followed by a clinical workshop on the 9th, at QMU.

*** The day I met the Queen ***

Here is a really lovely story contributed by one of the families involved in CASL's clinical research, submitted to the BBC online to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and also featured in print in the Radio Times.

*** International excellence ***

Research at QMU into Speech and Language Therapy, Clinical Linguistics, Audiology, Linguistics and Phonetics was assessed in 2008 as part of the Linguistics Unit of Assessment (#58).

The results confirm that two thirds of our research outputs have international significance, where 40% are either world-leading or of an excellent quality. The overall profile for the twenty research-active colleagues returned in this unit, based on a selection of four outputs each, is:

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We should note that none of our research was assessed in the unit "Allied Health Professions" in 2008.

Four star (4*) Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
Three star (3*) Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which nonetheless falls short of the highest standards of excellence.
Two star (2*) Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
One star (1*) Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

BACL Colloquium 2010

QMU was proud to host the 2010 Colloquium of the British Association of Clinical Linguistics. For further details, see this link.


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