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Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language (CASL) Research Centre

*** PhD funding***

Check for opportunities for 2016 for doctoral study - here.

*** REF 2014 ***

We are the best research group in Linguistics in Scotland (and 2nd in the UK out of 57 universities) in terms of the percentage of our overall research profile that is either internationally excellent or world leading (92%). 100% of our impact returns were rated in these top two categories, namely as being very considerable or outstanding. We might be small, but we are beautiful. Indeed, 36% of our outputs (from staff in CASL and Articulate Instruments Ltd) have been rated by our UK peers as world leading (4*), the 4th highest rate in the UK. We'd also like to acknowledge and thank our collaborators and co-authors at other institutions, present and past, for their contribution. Well done everyone! Impact stories in brief here.

*** 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 Research Fellows ***

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Dr Maria Paola Bissiri, holder of a prestigious Marie Curie fellowship. Her project will run for 2 years from Oct 2014-Sep 2016. She will be working with Jim Scobbie and others on topics like external sandhi, prosodic boundaries and bilingual second language (L2) transfers. She'll be using acoustic and ultrasound analysis.

Welcome too to Mai Okubo, who visits for 12 months from August 2014 from the Tokyo Dental College, Japan, to study tongue movement during speech and swallowing, using ultrasound. She works in Dysphagia Rehabilitation and Community Dental Care.

*** impact stories ***

Our favourite bit of preparing the impact reports for REF2014 was reconnecting with the clients who had received EPG therapy as part of research projects. See [link] for an overview.

*** Conference hosting ***

QMU was proud to host the 2010 Colloquium of the British Association of Clinical Linguistics and ULTRAFEST in 2013 . Oh and then there's ICPhS 2015- co-hosted by a Scottish consortium and held in Glasgow.


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