Dr Joanna Przedlacka

Postdoctoral Researcher in Phonetics


I am an experimental phonetician with an interest in sociophonetic variation and diachrony. My recent work has been on Greek in Contact, a project which investigates the impact of long-term past and ongoing language contact on the intonational patterns of contact varieties of Greek. The speakers of those dialects lived and interacted with Turkish (Cypriot, Asia Minor Greek) and Venetian Italian (Cretan, Corfiot) speaking populations. We compared the modelled f0 curves of speakers of different dialects and from different generations to find differences in their shape including location of peaks and troughs.

My projects include: (1) the acoustics of inter-speaker variation in Received Pronunciation in the 1930s; (2) temporal properties of nasal energy patterns in in standard Polish with contact accelerometry (adhesive microphones) and dynamic monitoring of oral and nasal airflow (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 FHS General Linguistics Paper A. Before coming to Oxford I lectured phonetics for clinical, fieldwork and ELT purposes (UCL and De Montfort University). I am an 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

2023.  Przedlacka, J. Estuary English. Encyclopaedia of World Englishes. Wiley-Blackwell.

2023. Baltazani, M.,  Przedlacka, J. Ünal-Logačev, Ö., Logačev, P. and Coleman, J. Intonation of Greek in contact with Turkish: a diachronic study. Language Variation and Change 34:3

2022 Baltazani, M., Coleman, J., Passoni, E., Przedlacka, J. Echoes of past contact: Venetian influence on Cretan Greek intonation. Language and Speech.

2022. Šturm, P., Przedlacka, J., Rojczyk, A., Imitation of glottal articulations by Czech speakers of English. submitted to Linguistica Pragensia.

2020. Baltazani, M., Przedlacka, J., Coleman, J. Intonation of Greek‒Turkish contact: a real-time diachronic study. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020. 730‒734.

2019.  Przedlacka, J., Baltazani, M., Coleman, J. Intonational variation and diachrony: Greek contact varieties. Proceedings 19th ICPhS, Melbourne.

2019.  Baltazani, M., Przedlacka, J., Coleman, J. Intonation in contact: Asia Minor Greek and Turkish. Proceedings 19th ICPhS 2019, Melbourne.

2019.  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 49 (3). 381 – 400.

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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