Professor Elinor Payne
I am Professor of Phonetics and Phonology in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics at the University of Oxford, where I am a member of the Phonetics Lab.
My overarching research interest is cross-linguistic speech variation — how it arises, what shapes it and how speakers use it — and its relationship both to phonology and to wider communicative goals. Within this frame, I have worked on speech timing and other aspects of prosody, including intonation, for a range of languages, including how infants acquire these. My current research investigates:
- prosodic and phonetic variation and convergence arising from societal multilingualism and languages in contact, in particular:
- Indian English (as spoken in India and the diaspora);
- Cypriot varieties of Greek, Turkish and Arabic;
- Venetan dialect vs the regional Italian of the Veneto.
- the interplay of prosody and co-speech gesture in multimodal communication
I teach phonetics and phonology at undergraduate level, for Modern Languages and Linguistics (MLL); and Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics (PPL), and at postgraduate levels for the MSt and MPhil in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, and supervise doctoral students.
I am on Special Research Leave throughout 2021-2022, and on Sabbatical Leave throughout 2022-2023.
For more information about my research, teaching and publications, please visit my Phonetics Lab website
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