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Joe Rodd

WP1 Speech perception and production & WP5 Language evolution and diversity

Joe Rodd is a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and at the Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University. He studied Linguistics and Spanish (BA) at the University of Leeds and Linguistics (MA) at Utrecht University. For his MA thesis he investigated the categorical nature of pitch accents (intonation events linked to focused words) in Dutch.

His work within the Language in Interaction consortium is about the production of accelerated and decelerated speech. His research will use computer simulation to derive predictions about the kind of errors that should arise in accelerated and decelerated speech according to various plausible theories of the lexical access and phonologisation, with the aim of unravelling the psychological mechanisms involved in controlling speech rate. The predictions of the simulations will be compared to productions elicited under conditions where speech rate is controlled, focusing on dependent variables such as phonetic measures of reduction and co-articulation, speech onset times and rates of phonological and semantic errors.

More information on Joe's PhD project.