Speech

Bilingual Speech Development

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About the Group

The Bilingual Speech Development Research Group is interested in understanding speech development in bilinguals and multilinguals across the lifespan, with a focus on the phonetic and phonological aspects of first and second language acquisition, first language attrition, and atypical development. Our research focuses on speech perception and production, and uses a number of behavioural measures, including acoustic methods of analysis and psycholinguistic experimentation.

Group Members

Main Collaborators

  • Ineke Mennen (Universität Graz, Austria)
  • Simona Montanari (California State University, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Jonathan Morris (Cardiff University, UK)
  • Daniel Williams (Universität Potsdam, Germany/ University of Western Sydney, Australia)

Funding

  • British Academy Small Research Grant (SG111947; £7,533.80): Socio-phonetic variation in a language contact situation: The case of Welsh and Welsh English, (PI: Robert Mayr; co-applicant: Ineke Mennen, Bangor University), September 2012 - March 2014.
  • Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, Welsh Medium Doctoral Studentship (ca. £65,000 over 4 years), scholarship holder: Rhonwen Lewis, September 2010 -
  • Cardiff School of Health Sciences Small Research Grant (April 2007).

Projects

  • Phonological development in Polish-English bilingual children, Sept 2015-
  • Phonological development in Spanish-English bilingual children: a longitudinal study (with Simona Montanari), Sept 2014-
  • Phonological development in Sylheti-English bilingual children and adults (with Aysha Siddika), Jan 2015-
  • Socio-phonetic variation in a language contact situation: The case of Welsh and Welsh English (with Ineke Mennen, Bangor University), Sept 2012 - March 2014, funded by the British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust.
  • Trilingual speech development: a longitudinal case study (with Simona Montanari, California State University, Los Angeles), April 2012-July 2015
  • First language attrition in the speech of bilingual monozygotic twin sisters (with Ineke Mennen, Bangor University and Sacha Price, Cardiff Metropolitan University), Sept 2010-Jan 2012
  • Early speech development in Welsh-English bilingual children: typical and atypical patterns, Oct 2010-
  • Consonant cluster acquisition in Welsh-English bilingual children (with Danna Jones and Gwennan Howells, Cardiff Metropolitan University), Sept 2009 - Jan 2014
  • A cross-dialectal acoustic study of the monophthongs and diphthongs of Welsh (with Hannah Davies, Cardiff Metropolitan University), Sept 2008 - April 2011
  • The nature of front rounded vowels: an acoustic and articulatory account of the NURSE vowel in South Wales English (with Torsten Müller, Ruhr University Bochum), April 2008 - March 2010, funded by a Small Grant from the Cardiff School of Health Sciences.
  • The perceptual development of German vowels by English learners (with Paola Escudero, University of Amsterdam), July 2006-Feb 2009
  • Prosodic aspects of German and English football commentary (with Torsten Müller, Ruhr University Bochum), Nov 2005 – May 2006.

Publications

  • Mayr, R. (forthcoming, 2017). Jitter and shimmer. In Damico, Jack & Ball, Martin J. (eds.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders.
  • Mayr, R., Morris, J., Mennen, I. & Williams, D. (2015). Disentangling the effects of long-term language contact and individual bilingualism: The case of monophthongs in Welsh and English. International Journal of Bilingualism, DOI: 10.1177/1367006915614921.
  • Mayr, R. & Montanari, S. (2015). Cross-linguistic interaction in trilingual phonological development: The role of the input in the acquisition of the voicing contrast, Journal of Child Language 42: 1006-1035.
  • Mayr, R., Howells, G. & Lewis, Rh. (2015). Asymmetries in phonological development: The case of word-final cluster acquisition in Welsh-English bilingual children. Journal of Child Language 42: 146-179.
  • Mayr, R. & Montanari, S. (2015). Differentiation and interaction in the vowel productions of trilingual children, Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015), 10-14 August 2015, Glasgow.
  • Mennen, I., Mayr, R. & Morris, J. (2015). Influences of language contact and linguistic experience on the production of lexical stress in Welsh and Welsh English, Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015), 10-14 August 2015, Glasgow.
  • Plumpton, H. & Mayr, R. (2014). Morphology, In Whitworth, N. & Knight, R.-A. (eds.) Methods in Teaching Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. J & R Press.;
  • Mayr, R., Jones, D. & Mennen, I. (2014). Speech learning in bilinguals: consonant cluster acquisition, In: Thomas, E. & Mennen, I. (eds.) Advances in the Study of Bilingualism. pp. 3-24, Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • Mayr, R., Price, S. & Mennen, I. (2012). First language attrition in the speech of Dutch-English bilinguals: the case of monozygotic twin sisters, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 15 (4): 687-700.
  • Mayr, R. & Davies, H. (2011). A cross-dialectal acoustic study of the monophthongs and diphthongs of Welsh, Journal of the International Phonetic Association 41 (1): 1-25.
  • Thomas, E. & Mayr, R. (2010). Children's acquisition of Welsh in a bilingual setting: a psycholinguistic perspective, In: Morris, D. (ed.) Welsh in the 21st Century. Cardiff: Cardiff University Press.
  • Mayr, R. & Escudero, P. (2010). Explaining individual variation in L2 perception: rounded vowels in English learners of German, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 13 (3): 279-297.
  • Mayr, R. (2010). What exactly is a front rounded vowel? An acoustic and articulatory investigation of the NURSE vowel in South Wales English, Journal of the International Phonetic Association 40 (1): 93-112.
  • Mayr, R. & Davies, H. (2009). The monophthongs and diphthongs of North-eastern Welsh: an acoustic study, Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2009), 6-10 September, Brighton, pp. 2315-2318.
  • Müller, T. & Mayr, R. (2007). Speech rate, time pressure and emotion in English and German football commentary, In: Weinert, R. (ed.) Spoken language pragmatics: an analysis of form-function relations, Continuum, pp. 160-181.