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Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language (CASL) Research Centre

Natalia Zharkova PhD

Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language
Research Centre
Queen Margaret University

Email: nzharkova@qmu.ac.uk

Academic Qualifications

 PhD, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Queen Margaret University (2007)
Thesis title: An investigation of coarticulation resistance in speech production using ultrasound”

MA (with honours), Department of Phonetics and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages, State University of St. Petersburg (2002)
Thesis title: “Acquisition of phonology by children: an experimental phonetic study”

Education

2003 – 2006: PhD studentship, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh

2002 – 2003: post-graduate study, Department of Phonetics and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages, State University of St. Petersburg

1996 – 2002: MA programme, Department of Linguistics, State University of St. Petersburg. Specialisation: Theoretical linguistics, Teaching of linguistics, Applied linguistics – speech technologies.

1989 - 1996:  High School no. 52, St. Petersburg (with honours)

Research

Link to the CASL reading group on phonetics


Link to scripts for measuring tongue curves and to dataset with tongue curves from typical adults

Link to dataset with ultrasound video data and tongue curves from typical adults and preadolescents


Selected research projects that I have worked on:

- “Coarticulation and tongue differentiation in children between three and thirteen years old”: PI, ESRC research grant, ES/K002597/1. QMU co-investigators: Dr Nigel Hewlett and Dr Robin Lickley; international co-investigator Prof Fiona Gibbon (University College Cork); consultant Prof William Hardcastle. (The project on Gateway to Research run by Research Councils UK)

- “Lingual coarticulation in preadolescents and adults: an ultrasound study” (PI, ESRC research grant, RES-000-22-4075, co-investigators: Dr Nigel Hewlett and Dr Robin Lickley; consultant Prof William Hardcastle). Follow this link for research outputs from the project (Gateway to Research).

- “An ultrasound study of lingual coarticulation in children and adults” (PI, ESRC research grant, RES-000-22-2833, co-investigators: Dr Nigel Hewlett and Prof William Hardcastle). Follow this link for research outputs from the project (Gateway to Research).

- the CLEFTNET project (PI: Prof Fiona Gibbon)

- “Studying speech variability with ultrasound and EPG” (ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, PTA-026-27-1268, mentor Prof William Hardcastle). Follow this link for research outputs from the project (Gateway to Research).

 My research interests are: linguistics, phonetics, phonology, language acquisition, speech articulation, speech motor control, language and speech disorders, language universals, speech perception.

I am a member of the International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children's Speech, organised by Prof Sharynne McLeod in 2012.

Membership
- British Association of Academic Phoneticians
- International Phonetic Association

Journal peer-reviewing
- American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
- Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
- Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics
- Journal of Phonetics
- Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
- Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
- Journal of the International Phonetic Association
- Language and Speech
- Phonetica
- Speech Communication

Selected invited presentations

Speech motor control development in children between 5 and 13 years old: evidence from ultrasound imaging of tongue movements. Invited oral presentation at the Workshop on Late Stages in Speech and Communication Development (LSCD 2014), University College London, London, UK, 3-4 April 2014. <more details here>

Using ultrasound to visualise and interpret tongue movements. Invited presentation/demonstration at the London Speech Disorders Special Interest Group, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, London, 26 February 2014. <more details here>

Complete list of academic presentations: here


Selected publications

Zharkova, N., Gibbon, F. E. & Lee, A. (2016). Using ultrasound tongue imaging to identify covert contrasts in children’s speech. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, Early Online. DOI link

Zharkova, N. (2016). Ultrasound and acoustic analysis of sibilant fricatives in preadolescents and adults. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 139, 2342-2351. Paper or URL for published article abstract.

Cleland, J., Scobbie, J. M. & Zharkova, N. (2016). (Guest eds.) Special issue of Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics: Insights from Ultrasound: Enhancing Our Understanding of Clinical Phonetics. Volume 30, issue 3-5. Editorial

Zharkova, N., Hardcastle, W. J., Gibbon, F. E. & Lickley, R. J. (2015). Development of lingual motor control in children and adolescents. In The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (Ed.), Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 10-14 August 2015, Glasgow, UK. Online ISBN 978-0-85261-941-4. Paper

Zharkova, N., Gibbon, F. E. & Hardcastle, W. J. (2015). Quantifying lingual coarticulation using ultrasound imaging data collected with and without head stabilisation. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 29, 249-265. DOI link

Zharkova, N., Lickley, R. J. & Hardcastle, W. J. (2014). Development of lingual coarticulation and articulatory constraints between childhood and adolescence: an ultrasound study. In S. Fuchs, M. Grice, A. Hermes, L. Lancia & D. Mücke (Eds), Proceedings of the 10th International Seminar on Speech Production (ISSP), 5 – 8 May 2014, Cologne, Germany. Pp. 472-475. Paper or link to Proceedings

Zharkova, N., Hewlett, N., Hardcastle, W.J. & Lickley, R. (2014). Spatial and temporal lingual coarticulation and motor control in preadolescents. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57, 374-388. Link to journal website

Zharkova, N. (2013). A normative-speaker validation study of two indices developed to quantify tongue dorsum activity from midsagittal tongue shapes. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 27, 484-496. DOI link

Lee, A., Zharkova, N. & Gibbon, F. (2013). Vowel imaging. In M. Ball & F. Gibbon (Eds), Handbook of Vowels and Vowel Disorders. 2nd edition. Hove: Psychology Press. Pp. 138-159.

Zharkova, N. (2013). Using ultrasound to quantify tongue shape and movement characteristics. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 50, 76-81. DOI link

Zharkova, N., Hewlett, N. & Hardcastle, W.J. (2012). An ultrasound study of lingual coarticulation in /sV/ syllables produced by adults and typically developing children. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 42, 193-208. Paper

Zharkova, N., Hewlett, N. & Hardcastle, W.J. (2011). Coarticulation as an indicator of speech motor control development in children: an ultrasound study. Motor Control, 15, 118-140. Paper

Zharkova, N., Schaeffler, S. & Gibbon, F. (2009). Adult speakers’ tongue-palate contact patterns for bilabial stops within complex clusters. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 23, 901-910.

Zharkova, N. & Hewlett, N. (2009). Measuring lingual coarticulation from midsagittal tongue contours: description and example calculations using English /t/ and /a/. Journal of Phonetics, 37, 248-256. DOI link or Paper on QMU eResearch

Zharkova, N., Hewlett, N. & Hardcastle, W. J. (2008). An ultrasound study of lingual coarticulation in children and adults. In R. Sock, S. Fuchs & Y. Laprie (Eds), Proceedings of the 8th International Seminar on Speech Production 2008, Strasbourg, France, 8-12 December 2008. Pp. 161-164. Paper

Zharkova, N. (2008). An EPG and ultrasound study of lingual coarticulation in vowel-consonant sequences. In R. Sock, S. Fuchs & Y. Laprie (Eds), Proceedings of the 8th International Seminar on Speech Production 2008, Strasbourg, France, 8-12 December 2008. Pp. 241-244. Paper

Zharkova, N., Hewlett, N. & Hardcastle, W. (2008). Analysing coarticulation in Scottish English children and adults: an ultrasound study. Canadian Acoustics, 36 (3): Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada 2008. Pp. 158-159.

 Zharkova, N. (2007). Quantification of coarticulatory effects in several Scottish English phonemes using ultrasound. QMU Speech Science Research Centre Working Papers, WP-13, 1-19. Paper

Zharkova, N. (2005). Strategies in the acquisition of segments and syllables in Russian-speaking children. In M. Tzakosta, C. Levelt & J. van de Weijer (Eds), Developmental Paths in Phonological Acquisition. Special issue of Leiden Papers in Linguistics 2.1, 189-213.

Zharkova, N. (2002). Acquisition of prosody in Russian. In B. Bel & I. Marlien (Eds), Proceedings of the Speech Prosody 2002 conference, 11-13 April 2002. Aix-en-Provence: Laboratoire Parole et Langage. Pp. 735-738.

Zharkova, N. (2000). Detskaja rech’ v vosprijatii vzroslyh (Children’s speech in adults’ perception). Working papers by Young Researchers of Russia, 3, 69-77.

Zharkova, N. (2000). Malen’kij rebenok i bol’shoj jazyk: psiholingvisticheskoje issledovanije (The little child and the big language: a psycholinguistic study). In G. Minczew (Ed.), Proceedings of the international student conference “People Under the Influence of Another Culture”, Lodz, Poland, 7-9 December 1998. Pp. 105-110.

Kulikov, G.A., Andreeva, N.G., Pavlikova, M.I., Samokischuk, A.P. & Zharkova, N.N. (1999). Phonetic and instrumental analysis of vowel-like sounds produced by infants during the first six months of life). In The Psychophysiological Basis of Social Adaptation in Children. St. Petersburg: Mother and Child Psychophysiology Research Centre, State University of St. Petersburg. Pp. 58-66.

 

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