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Hello! I'm a PhD student in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh.
I'm a phonetician and sociolinguist. My research focuses on:
► how and why people differ in the way they speak...
► how and why the sounds of languages change over time...
► ...and how all of this relates to the the way we process and mentally represent linguistic and social information.
This academic year I will be tutoring on:
- PSYL11053 Univariate Statistics and Methodology Using R
- PSYL11054 Multivariate Statistics and Methodology Using R
- LASC10079 Computer Programming for Speech and Language Processing
Here are some recent publications:
- Lawrence, D. In press. The social perception of a sound change. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 23.1. (link)
- Lawrence, D. In press. The co-fronting of the tense back vowels in York, Northern England. Proceedings of The 52nd Meeting of The Chicago Linguistic Society. (link)
- Lawrence, D. 2015. Limited evidence for social priming in the perception of the bath and strut vowels. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. (link)
- Boyd, Z., Elliott, Z., Fruehwald, J., Hall-Lew, L. and Lawrence, D. 2015. An Evaluation of Sociolinguistic Elicitation Methods. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. (link)
- Lawrence, D. 2015. Phonetic Variation as a Cue to Regional Identity: An Experimental Approach. York Papers in Linguistics, Special Issue 2. (link)
- Lawrence, D. 2014. Review of ‘Salience in Sociolinguistics’ by Peter Racz. Discourse Studies, 17:6. (link)
- Lawrence, D. 2014. Tracing the Emergence of Sociolinguistic Variation in L2 Speech: Polish Migrants in Edinburgh. Track Changes, 4:5. (link)
Here are some slides and materials from recent talks and workshops:
- The indexical re-interpretation of a sound change. NWAV 45, 3-6 Nov, Vancouver. (slides)
- Exploring listener sensitivity to phonetic variation. ExAPP, 21-24th Sept, University of Vienna, Vienna. (slides)
- Vowel dynamics and social meaning. Poster presented at LabPhon 15, 15th July, Ithaca, NY. (poster)
- Exploring listener sensitivity to the temporal dynamics of back vowel fronting. Poster presented at satellite workshop ‘Speech dynamics, social meaning, and phonological categories’, LabPhon 15, 13th July, Ithaca, NY. (poster)
- The social perception of a sound change in progress. Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, 15-18th June, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, Spain. (slides)
- Workshop on vowel resynthesis methods for speech perception research. Joint workshop for the Social Meaning Research Group and Psycholinguistics Lab Group, The Ohio State University. 12th March, Columbus, Ohio. (slides|code)
- Open source eye-tracking with the Eye Tribe tracker. Psycholinguistics Lab Group, The Ohio State University. 5th Feb, Columbus, Ohio. (slides|code)
- Preserving our linguistic heritage and contributing to speech science. Presentation given as part of public event ‘Community Visions for York’s Heritage’. June 20th, Friargate Meeting House, York. (poster)