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Speech & Hearing Sciences Staff at QMU - Dr Robin Lickley

Speech & Hearing Sciences Staff - School of Health Sciences

Dr Robin Lickley
Reader in Speech
and Hearing Sciences
Tel: 0131 474 0000

Research Interests

Disfluent speech
. Speech is rarely completely fluent. We often hesitate, repeat words and phrases, make mistakes and correct them and rephrase things to make them clearer. I am interested both in the production processes behind these disfluencies and in the effects that they have on the listener. Related to this are ‘pathological’ cases, like stammering/stuttering and cluttering, and my research interests also cover these areas. I approach these topics as a psycholinguist and as a phonetician, so my work involves psycholinguistic experimentation as well we speech imaging techniques and acoustic and prosodic analysis. Recent research projects include speech articulation in children (using ultrasound imaging), uncovering ‘hidden’ speech errors (using Electromagnetic Articulography), working memory implications for speech production and perception. My recent and current PhD students cover a range of topics including production and perception of typical disfluency and stuttered speech, speech errors, speech fluency in dyslexia, speech articulation in apraxia, brain responses to speech stimuli, predictability effects in child speech, dialogue systems, using natural speech phenomena in speech synthesis.


My teaching load mostly reflects my research interests. I teach Psycholinguistics of Speech Production and Perception, Stuttering and Research Methods to BSc Honours and PGDip/Masters students.

  • Honorary Fellow of the College of Science and Engineering and a member of the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC) at Edinburgh University.
  • Founder member of the Edinburgh Disfluency Group (EDG).
  • Member of the British Stammering Association (BSA) and former member of the BSA’s Research Committee. Also founding member of the BSA Scotland Committee.
  • Co-founder of the international workshop series “Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech” (DiSS).
  • Founder of ISLA.
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