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Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language (CASL) Research Centre



We are investigating effective methods of ultrasound therapy for children with persistent speech sound disorders. See our ULTRAPHONIX project site for information about this project which is running in collaboration with Strathclyde University. Press release (May 11) here.

*** PhD funding***

The bursary competition for 2016 entry has now closed (the Advert). We welcome applications from self-funding students at any time.

*** 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.

*** 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 has been proud to host the 2010 Colloquium of BACL (the British Association of Clinical Linguistics), ULTRAFEST in 2013, and to co-host ICPhS2015 as part of a Scottish consortium and held in Glasgow. Full proceedings for the 750+ papers at ICPhS are available online.


for online pdf papers and output

PhD student minisite

Recent research news or a complete record of our output since 1995

EMA helmet
ultrasound of tongue
EPG artificial palate
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