Natalia Zharkova PhD
Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language
Queen Margaret University
Tel.: 0131 474 0000
Fax: 0131 474 0001
MA (with honours), Department of Phonetics and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages, State University of St. Petersburg (2002)
PhD, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Queen Margaret University (2007)
Thesis title: “An investigation of coarticulation resistance in speech production using ultrasound”
Thesis title: “Acquisition of phonology by children: an experimental phonetic study”
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)
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.
- “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)
- “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)
- 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)
My research interests are: linguistics, phonetics, phonology, language acquisition, speech articulation, speech motor control, language and speech disorders, language universals, speech perception.
British Association of Academic Phoneticians
Journal peer-reviewing - American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
- 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
Zharkova, N. (2013).
A normative-speaker validation study of two indices developed to quantify tongue dorsum activity from midsagittal tongue shapes. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, Early Online: 1-13. 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 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. Paper
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 Psychophysiololgy Research Centre, State University of St. Petersburg. Pp. 58-66.