Dr Robert Mayr

 

​​​

Job Title: Senior Lecturer in Linguistics
Room No: D0.07e
Telephone No: + 44 (0) 29 2041 7291
Email Address: rmayr@cardiffmet.ac.uk

 

Profile

I am a senior lecturer in linguistics at the Centre for Speech and Language Therapy, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and a research associate at the Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Bangor University. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians (BAAP), the British Association of Clinical Linguistics (BACL), the International Phonetic Association (IPA) and the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL).

My teaching encompasses a wide range of areas within linguistics and I recently acted as external examiner for the BSc (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy at Reading University.

My research is primarily concerned with the development of sound systems in bilingual children and adults, exploring in particular the nature of cross-linguistic interactions. I am currently supervising four PhD students on aspects of bilingual phonological development or hearing impairment.

For further details, including downloadable pdfs of my publications, please see my personal website.

 

Teaching

I previously taught at the University of Vienna, Austria and at Sheffield University. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and until recently acted as external examiner for the BSc (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy at Reading University.

I currently teach on the following modules:

  • SLP 4010: Linguistics 1: Grammar & Meaning (module leader)
  • SLP4061:Child LanguageDevelopment (module leader)
  • SLP5000: Linguistic profiling
  • SLP 5010: Linguistics 2: Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Linguistic Theory (module leader)
  • SLP 6020: Bilingual and bicultural studies (module leader)
  • SLP 6080: Project (module leader)

Research

Research interests

  • Phonetic and phonological acquisition in monolingual, bilingual and multilingual children

  • Second-language speech perception and production

  • First language attrition of speech
  • Normal and disordered speech

  • Phonetic and phonological aspects of language contact

 

Postgraduate Supervision

Anna Kowalska (PhD/ PT): Phonological acquisition in Polish-English bilingual children. Self-funded. Sept 2015-

Wenlong Xiong (PhD/ FT): Topic to be specified. Self-funded. Sept 2015-

Rhonwen Lewis (PhD, F/T): Early phonological development in Welsh-English bilingual children: a longitudinal study. Funder: Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). Sept 2010-

Sarah Patten (PhD, P/T):Speech perception assessments with deaf/ hearing impaired clients: an investigation into their efficacy as a clinical tool. Staff candidate; Aug 2011-

 

Research Degree Examinations

External Examiner, PhD, Sheffield University, May 2015.

External Referee, Senior Doctorate by published works (DLitt), Bangor University, July 2014.

External Examiner, PhD, Sheffield University, January 2013.

 

Main Collaborators

Prof Ineke Mennen, University of Graz, Austria

Dr Simona Montanari, California State University, Los Angeles, USA

Dr Jonathan Morris, Cardiff University, UK

Dr Daniel Williams, Universität Potsdam, Germany 

 

Current and recent projects

  • Phonological development in Spanish-Engish 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.

  • Trilingual speech development: a longitudinal case study (with Simona Montanari, California State University, Los Angeles), April 2012-

  • 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

  • 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.

Funding (Research and Teaching)

Coleg Cymraeg Cynedlaethol, Academic Staffing Scheme: 75% of Welsh-medium lecturer post in Speech and Language Therapy funded for 5 years, Centre for Speech and Language Therapy, Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2015-2020 (ca. £140,000).

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).

 

Reviewer for academic journals

Applied Linguistics, Applied Psycholinguistics, Journal of Germanic Linguistics, Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, Journal of the International Phonetic Association, Language Sciences, Second Language Research, Languages in Contrast, Child Language Teaching and Therapy, Journal of Phonetics, Language Teaching, Laboratory Phonology, Acoustics Australia, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, International Journal of Bilingualism.

Publications

Mayr, R. (forthcoming, 2017). Jitter and shimmer. In Damico, Jack & Ball, Martin J. (eds.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders.                               

Morris, J., Mayr, R. & Mennen, I. (forthcoming, 2016). The role of linguistic background on sound variation in Welsh and Welsh English. In Durham, M. & Morris, J. (eds.) Sociolinguistics in Wales. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

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, first published online 26 November 2015.

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.M. & 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.​