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Recap Semester 1 2021/2022

From September 2021 to February 2022, our research group has been very active and involved in several projects. Here is a short summary of what we discussed during our weekly meetings:

  • Accent and Social Justice:
    Within our research theme for this year, “Accent and Social Justice”, we reviewed recent literature on how different accents are processed, perceived and potentially discriminated against. We also attended a talk by Melissa Base-Berk from the University of Oregon, in which she discussed her novel and fascinating research on accent perception and adaptation. Have a look at this blog post if you would like to find out more. Currently, we are organising an interdisciplinary workshop on accent, communication and social justice, to be held in March 2022. Watch this space for further information on the event.
  • Quantitative Methods:
    Bilal Alsharif, a member of our research group, provided us with an introduction to Bayesian methods. We discussed their benefits and challenges in comparison with frequentist methods. Our interest in everything quantitative did not stop there, as we held weekly study group meetings to brush up on our statistics and R skills. The statistic study group will be continuing this semester.
  • Many Speech Analyses:
    As a group, we signed up for this large collaborative project. The aim of the project is to compare the approaches that different researchers take to answer the same research question (“Do speakers phonetically modulate utterances to signal atypical word combinations?”) with the same dataset. We have already explored the dataset and will discuss in the following weeks which methods we want to use. You can find out more about Many Speech Analysis on the project website.
  • Noise-Masking of Speech:
    Another topic of discussion came from Andreas Krug, who was wondering why some of the speakers in his study were easier to hear over noise than others. We had a look at potential acoustic measures to quantify this and how to deal with these differences in an experimental design and statistical analysis.
  • Transcription Training:
    We practised our phonetic transcription skills with some of Ghada Khattab‘s Arabic data. We discussed the differences in our transcriptions and compared the realisations we heard with the target realisations in Arabic. We are planning to practise transcriptions of other speech data this semester, including dysarthric speech, to further our transcription skills.
  • New Doctors:
    Our members Nief Al-Gambi and Bruce Wang successfully completed their vivas. Congratulations to the two of them!

We are looking forward to keep working on these projects in Semester 2. You can check our website to keep up to date with our work.

Job Alert: Research Associate for Project on Tyneside English

Dr Sophie Meekings is looking for a Research Associate to work with her for five months.

Closing Date: 06/02/2020


The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics wishes to appoint a Research Associate in Linguistics. You will be responsible for the project management and completion of an experiment on the sociolinguistics of speech production in noise with Tyneside English speakers. With support from the project PIs and mentors, you will be responsible for recruiting participants, collecting and analysing data, and may also be involved with the writing up of the findings for publication. While experience in data analysis and experimental linguistics is highly desirable, some training can be provided in these areas.

You will have proven experience in collecting experimental data. Experience in recruiting adult research participants in Newcastle and the wider Tyneside area, and/or strong social ties to the Newcastle and Tyneside area are highly desirable.  Previous experience in behavioural experiments, and some linguistics background is essential. Experience conducting auditory analysis of linguistic variables (e.g., using Praat) is desirable.

This is a full-time, fixed term post available for the duration of five months.

Key Accountabilities

  • Piloting: Test and troubleshoot existing experimental software in preparation for data collection, including becoming familiar with best use of phonology lab recording equipment, and running pilot studies to test experimental pipeline and develop recruitment strategies.
  • Recruitment: Recruit 30-50 native Newcastle/Tyneside speakers.
  • Testing. Collect data from recruited participants  (including collecting consent forms, participant briefing/debriefing and subject supervision during participation)
  • Analysis: In collaboration with other members of the research team, you will be expected to transcribe recordings, hand-code phonetic variables, and analyse data in R.


£30,942.00 – £40,323.00

Further Information

The full job description, including essential and desirable skills, can be found on Newcastle University Job Vacancies. Please submit your application there.

Informal inquiries about this role can be directed to Dr Sophie Meekings (