Dr Joanna Przedlacka

Postdoctoral Researcher in Phonetics


I am an experimental phonetician with an interest in sociophonetic variation. I am currently investigating temporal properties of nasal energy patterns in in standard Polish with contact accelerometry (adhesive microphones) and dynamic monitoring of oral and nasal airflow. Recent projects include: (1) the acoustics of inter-speaker variation in Received Pronunciation in the 1930s;  (2) I have been co-investigator on a project ‘Greek in Contact’, which looks at the impact of long-term language contact on the intonational patterns of Greek varieties, whose speakers lived and interacted with Turkish and Italian speaking populations http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/greekincontact (3) using autocorrelation to measure glottalisation in natural speech, where visual acoustic or auditory criteria are lacking.

Teaching and other activities

I teach Prelims Paper IX (Phonetics and Phonology), FHS Paper B/XII (Phonetics) and selected topics for General Linguistics Paper A. Before coming to Oxford I lectured phonetics for clinical, fieldwork and ELT purposes (UCL and De Montfort University). I am a co-organiser of the biennial Phonetics Teaching and Learning Conference and associate director of the Summer Course in English Phonetics at UCL. I have also been co-examiner for the International Phonetic Association’s Certificate of Proficiency in the Phonetics of English.

Selected Publications

2018. Przedlacka, J. and Ashby, M. Comparing the Received Pronunciation of J.R. Firth and Daniel Jones: A sociophonetic perspective. Journal of the International Phonetic Association.

2018. An overview of phonetics for language teachers. The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary English Pronunciation. Kang, O., Thomson, R., Murphy, J.M. (eds). London: Routledge. 39-57.

2018. Baltazani, M., Przedlacka, J., Coleman, J. Greek in contact: a historical-acoustic investigation of Asia Minor Greek intonational patterns. Proceedings of Modern Greek Dialects and Linguistic Theory 7. Rethymno, October 2016

2018. Ashby, M. and Przedlacka, J. Technology and pronunciation teaching, 1890–1940. In McLelland, N. and Smith, R. (eds) The History of Language Learning and Teaching II: 19th-20th Century Europe. Oxford: Maney: Legenda series.

2015. Przedlacka, J. and Baghai-Ravary, L. Pitch and segment duration in RP: a corpus-based historical exploration. 18th ICPhS Proceedings, Glasgow.

2014. Ashby, M. and Przedlacka, J. Measuring incompleteness: acoustic correlates of glottal articulations. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 44 (3). 283-296.

2011. Ashby, M. and Przedlacka, J. The stops that aren’t. Journal of English Phonetic Society of Japan 14-15.

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