Dr Robert Mayr

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

 

 

 

 

 

Profile

Dr Robert Mayr is a Reader in Linguistics at the Centre for Speech and Language Therapy and Hearing Science, Cardiff Metropolitan University, where he leads the Speech, Hearing and Communication Research Group. His research aims to gain a better understanding of the cognitive, social and interactional factors that affect speech sound development in bilinguals and multilinguals across their lifespan. He has been the principal investigator or a collaborator on various research projects, including a British Academy-funded study on socio-phonetic variation in Welsh–English bilinguals, an FWF-funded study on L1 attrition of speech in native English speakers in Austria and an NIH-funded study on speech perception and production in Spanish–English bilingual children, and recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Languages on Social and Cognitive Factors in Bilingual Speech Production. His work has appeared in international journals, such as Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, International Journal of Bilingualism, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Journal of Phonetics, Journal of the International Phonetic Association, Journal of Child Language and Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences.

His teaching on the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy encompasses a wide range of areas in linguistics and research methods, and he currently supervises three PhD students, one of whom jointly with Cardiff University, as well as two RCBC research fellows.

For further details, please see his personal website.

 

Teaching

Dr Mayr previously taught at the University of Vienna, Austria and at Sheffield University. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is experienced as an external examiner on taught UG and PG programmes and for doctoral degrees, and as an internal and external member of validation panels.

BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

  • SLT 4203: Introduction to Linguistics: Grammar; Semantics; Pragmatics (module leader)
  • SLT 4205: Child Language Development (module leader)
  • SLT 5203: Linguistic Theory; Sociolinguistics
  • SLT 5201: Research methods
  • SLT 6201: Bilingual and bicultural studies
  • SLT 6200: Project (module leader) 

PhD supervision (current)

  • Jiaying Li: Speech development in Cantonese-Mandarin bilingual children with cochlear implants.
  • Nia Eyre (with Dr Jonathan Morris and Dr Rees Iwan, Cardiff University): Gwerthusiad cymdeithasol o acenion Cymraeg [Social evaluation of Welsh accents] (funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol).
  • Nadeem Mahafza: The effectiveness of Tinnitus Sound Therapy (T-MIST) in tinnitus patients with sensorineural hearing loss: a randomised control trial.

     

PhD supervision (completed)

 

Other postgraduate research supervision (current)

  • Esther Goodhew (RCBC Wales First Into Research Fellowship (£11,984), Supervisor): Over the rainbow: Exploring the role of an inpatient aphasia friendly choir for people with post-stroke aphasia in the context of their communication and confidence, 2022-2023
  • Aysha Siddika (RCBC Wales First into Research Fellowship (£11,749), Supervisor): Are video-based consultations with children investigated for Autism Spectrum Disorder appropriate and reliable? A mixed-methods approach, 2021-2022.

Research

Research interests

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
  • 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 Yvonne Wren, Cardiff Metropolitan University/ Bristol SLT Research Unit 

     
    Funding

     

    External Grants

     

2021    2022 (Awarded) Evidence review of universal, population and targeted interventions which support speech, language and communication (SLC) development in the early years (Consultant, with Dr Yvonne Wren (PI), Dr Rhonwen Lewis, Prof Susan Roulstone, Dr Sam Harding, Prof Cristina McKean, Ms Alison Williams)

                        Welsh Government tender (Children and Families Division)

                        (£24,999)

 

2021 – 2024   (Awarded) Speech Sound Perception and Production in Spanish/English Bilingual Preschoolers (Consultant, with Prof Simona Montanari (PI))

                        National Institutes of Health (NIH) R15 Grant

                        (US $438,000)

 

2021                (Awarded) A review of early language screening tools suitable for children in Wales (Consultant, with Dr Yvonne Wren (PI), Dr Rhonwen Lewis (consultant), Prof Susan Roulstone (consultant))

                        Welsh Government tender (Children and Families Division)

                        (£25,560.96)

 

2021– 2024    (Awarded) Gwerthusiad cymdeithasol o acenion Cymraeg [Social evaluation of Welsh accents] (Co-supervisor, with Dr Jonathan Morris and Dr Rees Iwan), Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, PhD Studentship

            (ca. £55,000)

 

2020 – 2025   (Awarded) Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Subject Grant: 75% of two full-time Welsh-medium lecturer posts in Speech and Language Therapy, Centre for Speech and Language Therapy and Hearing Science,

Cardiff Metropolitan University

                        (£240,000)      

 

2020 – 2025   (Awarded) Research Capacity Building Collaboration (RCBC) Wales

(Co-applicant with Prof Joyce Kenkre, Dr Gina Dolan, Dr Roiyah Saltus, Ms Marina McDonald, Dr Louise Bright, Mr Henry Yeomans, Dr Sion Williams, Prof Daniel Kelly, Dr Paul Gill, Prof Jaynie Rance, Dr Joanne Pike; PI: Prof Martin Stegall)

Health and Care Research Wales: Research Development Infrastructure Grant (£996,157)

 

2020 – 2023   (Awarded) When your native language sounds foreign: Characterising foreign accent in first language attrition.

                        (Co-applicant with Prof Ineke Mennen (PI), University of Graz, Austria)

FWF [Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung, Austria]

Stand-alone Project Grant

(€398,436.53)

 

2017                (Awarded) When your native language sounds foreign: Characterising foreign accent in L1 attrition

                        (Co-applicant with Prof Ineke Mennen (PI), University of Graz, Austria)

Anbahnungsfinanzierung [Pump Priming Grant], University of Graz, Austria

(€ 12,000)

 

2015 – 2020   (Awarded) Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Academic Staffing Scheme: 75% of Welsh-medium lecturer post in Speech and Language Therapy, Centre for Speech and Language Therapy and Hearing Science,

Cardiff Metropolitan University

(ca. £140,000).

 

2012 – 2014   (Awarded) Socio-phonetic variation in a language contact situation: The case of Welsh and Welsh English

                        (PI, with Prof Ineke Mennen (co-applicant))

                        British Academy Small Research Grant (SG111947)

(£7,533.80)

 

2010 – 2014   (Awarded) Early phonological development in Welsh-English bilingual children: A longitudinal study.

Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol PhD Scholarship

(ca. £65,000)

 

Internal Grants

 

2019                (Awarded) How does stroke affect functional language use and identity in bilinguals? An exploratory study of Welsh-English bilinguals with aphasia.

                        (PI, with Dr Delyth James, Dr Abdul Seckam, Ms Katie Earing, Dr Harry Bowles (co-applicants))

                        R + I Pilot Fund, Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University (HRRI47)

                        (£4,545)

 

2007                (Awarded) An acoustic and articulatory investigation of the NURSE vowel in South Wales English.

                        (PI, with Dr Torsten Müller, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany)

Publications

For the latest updates, please see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Robert-Mayr

 

Wren, I., Bates, S., Knight, R.A. & Mayr, R. (forthcoming). English English speech development. In McLeod, S. (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Speech Development in Languages of the World. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

Mayr, R., Lewis, R. & Wren, I. (forthcoming). Welsh-English speech development. In McLeod, S. (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Speech Development in Languages of the World. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

Mayr, R., Morris, J. & Montanari, S. (forthcoming). The phonetics and phonology of early bilinguals. In Amengual, M. (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Bilingual Phonetics and Phonology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

Mayr, R., Morris, J. & Lewis, R. (forthcoming). Phonological development in Welsh. In Chondrogianni, V., O'Toole, C. & Thomas, E.M. (eds.), The acquisition of Celtic languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

Zhao, F. & Mayr, R. (2021). Pure Tone Audiometry and Speech Audiometry. In: Ball, M.J. (Ed.), Manual of Clinical Phonetics. (Series: Language and Speech Disorders) (pp. 444-460). London: Routledge.

 

Petrie, A., Mayr, R., Zhao, F. & Montanari, S. (2021). Parent-child interaction during storybook reading: A wordless narrative book versus a book-with-text. Journal of Child Language, accepted 25 October 2021, doi:10.1017/S0305000921000763.

 

Mayr, R. & Morris, J. (2021, editorial). Social and psychological factors in bilingual speech production: Introduction to the special issue. Languages 6: 155, published 28 September 2021, DOI: 10.3390/ languages6040155.

 

Li, J., Mayr, R. & Zhao, F. (2021). Speech production in Mandarin-speaking children with cochlear implants: A systematic review. International Journal of Audiology, DOI: 10.1080/14992027.2021.1978567

 

Mayr, R., Siddika, A., Morris, J. & Montanari, S. (2021). Bilingual phonological development across generations: Segmental accuracy and error patterns in second- and third-generation British Bengali children. Journal of Communication Disorders 63, 106140. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcomdis.2021.106140

 

Reubold, U., Mennen, I., Mayr, R., Ditteweg, S. & Melker, S. (2021). “Triggered” phonetic interaction: incremental shifts in English migrants to Austria within a code-switched paradigm. (Special Issue: Social and Psychological Factors in Bilingual Speech Production, ed. by R. Mayr & J. Morris), Languages 6(3), 114; DOI:10.3390/languages6030114

           

Montanari, S., Mayr, R. & Subrahmanyam, K. (2021). Maternal acculturation and speech sound production in Spanish/ English dual language pre-schoolers. (Special Issue: Social and Psychological Factors in Bilingual Speech Production, ed. by R. Mayr & J. Morris), Languages 6(2), 78, published 22 April 2021, DOI:10.3390/languages6020078

          

Mayr, R., Sanchez, D. & Mennen, I. (2020). Does teaching your native language abroad increase L1 attrition of speech? The case of Spaniards in the United Kingdom. (Special Issue: Exploring Cross-linguistic Effects and Phonetic Interactions in the Context of Bilingualism, ed. by M. Amengual), Languages 5 (4), 41, published 22 October 2020, DOI:10.3390/languages5040041.

 

Montanari, S., Mayr, R. & Subrahmanyam, K. (2020). Speech and Language Outcomes in low SES Spanish-English Bilingual Preschoolers: Effects of Maternal Education. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, first published 17 June 2020, DOI: 10.1080/13670050.2020.1781780.

 

Mennen, I., Kelly, N., Mayr, R. & Morris, J. (2020). The effects of home language and bilingualism on the realisation of lexical stress in Welsh and Welsh English. Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences, first published 22 January 2020, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.03038.

 

Mayr, R., Roberts, L. & Morris, J. (2020). Can you tell by their English if they can speak Welsh? Accent perception in a language contact situation. International Journal of Bilingualism 24 (4), 740-766. DOI: 10.1177/1367006919883035.

 

Mayr, R., López-Bueno, L., Vázquez Fernández, M. & Tomé Lourido, G. (2019). The role of early experience and continued language use in bilingual speech production: A study of Galician and Spanish mid vowels by Galician-Spanish bilinguals. (Special Issue: Plasticity of Native Phonetic and Phonological Domains, eds. E. de Leeuw & C. Celata), Journal of Phonetics, 72, 1-16, DOI: 10.1016/j.wocn.2018.10.007

 

Mayr, R. (2019). Jitter and shimmer. In Damico, Jack & Ball, Martin J. (eds.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Los Angeles et al.: SAGE publishing.                             

 

Montanari, S., Mayr, R. & Subrahmanyam, K. (2018). Bilingual speech sound development during the preschool years: The role of language proficiency and cross-linguistic relatedness. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 61, 2467–2486. DOI: 10.1044/2018_JSLHR-S-17-0393.

 

Mayr, R. & Siddika, A. (2018). Inter-generational transmission in a minority language setting: Stop consonant production by Bangladeshi heritage children and adults. International Journal of Bilingualism, 22 (3), 255-284, DOI: 10.1177/1367006916672590.

 

Mayr, R., Morris, J., Mennen, I. & Williams, D. (2017). Disentangling the effects of long-term language contact and individual bilingualism: The case of monophthongs in Welsh and English. International Journal of Bilingualism, 21(3), 245-267. DOI: 10.1177/1367006915614921.  

 

Morris, J., Mayr, R. & Mennen, I. (2016). The role of linguistic background on sound variation in Welsh and Welsh English. In Durham, M. & Morris, J. (eds.) Sociolinguistics in Wales (pp.241-271). London: Palgrave MacMillan.

 

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.​