Paul Foulkes is a Professor in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York. He holds B.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge and has previously held posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Newcastle and Leeds. He has been a visiting fellow at the University of Canterbury, and holds a Visiting Professorship at the MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University. His research interests are in language variation and change, phonetics, phonology, sociophonetics, first language acquisition and forensic phonetics.
Catherine Watson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical , Computer and Software Engineering at The University of Auckland in New Zealand, a role she began in 2004 after eight years at Macquarie University in Australia, affiliated with the Department of Electronics and the Macquarie Centre of Cognitive Science. Prior to this, she completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Catherine’s main research interest is speech production for both humans and machines. Her research includes building models of speech articulators, speech synthesis, and acoustic phonetics, and has impact in both speech science and speech technology.
Phil Rose is a speech scientist specialising in forensic voice comparison and the phonetics of Asian tone languages. Following BA and MA studies at Manchester University, he did his PhD at Cambridge, and then taught General Linguistics, Phonetics, Phonology and Chinese Linguistics for over 30 years at the Australian National University. More recently, he has taught courses at universities in Hong Kong and mainland China. He has been a British Academy visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh’s Joseph Bell Centre for Forensic Statistics and Legal Reasoning, was chairman of the Forensic Speech Science Committee of the Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association, and member of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Talk title and abstract: The Best of Tones, the Worst of Tones – tonal complexity in the Wu dialects of East Central China