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Support Announcement:

Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Project Work
Linguistic Field: Phonetics Acoustic Analysis, Audiology, Language Impairment, Speech Analysis, Speech Sciences
Application Deadline: 19-May-2014
Supporting Institution: Queen Margaret University
CASL Research Centre
LL Issue: 25.1963
Posted: 02-May-2014
Support Description: Research in Research in Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language (CASL) / Speech and Hearing Sciences covers a range of typical and clinical topics in speech, hearing, and language.

We accept applications in any of our areas (see contacts below), but particularly, we welcome applications in one of our three priority areas for 2014:

Topic 1:
Clinical Remediation of Speech Disorder Using Electropalatography or Ultrasound Tongue Imaging [BUR14-13].
We have a number of externally-funded projects undertaking clinical research into diagnosis and treatment using one or other of these articulatory techniques, and we welcome applications to take this impactful research forward.

Requirements:
- A qualification in Speech and Language Therapy.

The clinical focus of the research is open.

Contact:
For EPG:
Dr Sara Wood
swood Linguist List qmu.ac.uk
or:
Dr Joanne Cleland
jcleland Linguist List qmu.ac.uk

Topic 2:
Speech Intelligibility and Variability [BUR14-14].
Intelligibility is essential for fully-functional communication, so Speech and Language Therapists need valid and reliable tools for assessing and monitoring intelligibility. Projects in this area could focus on identification of acoustic or acoustic indicators of intelligibility (e.g. prosody, voice quality or variation in segmental articulation), or on the evaluation of different approaches to intelligibility measurement (e.g. a comparison of human listener judgments and computer-based automatic speech recognition). We have a particular interest in the speech intelligibility and variation of people with Parkinsons, but other clinical populations could be considered.

Requirements:
- A clinical qualification in Speech and Language Therapy would be an advantage.

Contact:
Dr Joan Ma
jma Linguist List qmu.ac.uk
or:
Dr Felix Schaeffler
fschaeffler Linguist List qmu.ac.uk
or:
Dr Janet Beck
jbeck Linguist List qmu.ac.uk

Topic 3:
Speech Articulation in Dialogue with Varied Listeners [BUR14-15].
Theoretical models of speech production can be tested by explicitly making speakers vary their own speech production parameters, or through varying the linguistic structure of the speech, but we know that speakers also intuitively vary their production dynamically with reference to their model of the listener. Much of the existing research into such listener accommodation examines the resulting acoustic output of the speaker. This project will explore speech production differences directly, using articulatory instrumentation, examining relaxed, clear, standard, and vernacular speech in varied listening contexts, including hearing-impaired listeners.

Contact:
Prof James M Scobbie
jscobbie Linguist List qmu.ac.uk
or:
Dr Jo White
jwhite Linguist List qmu.ac.uk

Other topics:
Proposals relating to any of our core research areas will be considered, with priority given to clinical and clinically-related research.

For Speech Sciences, contact:
jscobbie Linguist List qmu.ac.uk

For Language Impairment, contact:
Dr Ann Clark
aclark Linguist List qmu.ac.uk

For Audiology, contact:
jwhite Linguist List qmu.ac.uk

Full training in the use of relevant experimental and laboratory techniques will be provided if required.
Application Mailing Address: Mr Fraser Rudge Queen Margaret University Musselburgh Scotland EH21 6UU United Kingdom
Application Web Address: http://www.qmu.ac.uk/post_research/bursarycomp.htm
Contact Information: Fraser Rudge researchdegrees@qmu.ac.uk