Laurence White

Laurence White, Senior Lecturer in Speech Sciences and Psycholinguistics

Speech perception and production; Prosody, especially speech timing; First and second language acquisition

My research relates to speech perception, speech production and their relationship. In perceptual work, a primary focus is on speech segmentation: how listeners locate the boundaries between spoken words in adult speech processing, infant language development and second language acquisition. More generally, I am interested in the form and functions of prosody, particularly speech timing, and in perceptually-informed characterisations of prosodic differences between languages. Recent work has examined social and emotional interpretations of prosody.