I’m a Linguistics Researcher at the Phonetics Lab at Lancaster University. My research is in sociolinguistics, phonetics and speech perception, and I’m interested in how the social aspects of speech communities affect how speech sounds are produced and perceived.
My expertise is in Scottish English (especially phonetic variation in Glasgow), rhoticity, and cross-dialect perception. I also have some knowledge of perception of speech tempo and phonetic reduction.
I am most skilled in: Sociolinguistics teaching, R, Praat and Perception experiments
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University of Glasgow, 2019
University of Glasgow, 2013
Thesis: The effect of experience in cross-dialect perception: Parsing /r/ in Glaswegian
MA English Language
University of Glasgow, 2012
Dissertation: A real-time sociophonetic study of postvocalic /r/ in the speech of schoolchildren in Bearsden
2020 - present
Changing /r/ accents? Towards a sociophonological understanding of sound change
We’re using a variety of methods to investigate residual rhoticity in Blackburn, Lancashire (where many speakers still pronounce the /r/ in words like car and third), examining the mechanisms by which it is changing over time.
University of Leeds
2017 - 2020
Speech tempo perception and missing sounds
In this project we investigated the link between laboratory measurements of speech tempo and how listeners perceive speaking rate. I designed and ran a suite of speech perception experiments, maintained a large phonetically-aligned corpus, and contributed to analysis, conference presentations and journal submissions.
University of Glasgow
2012 - 2017
While completing my Phd I worked on multiple funded projects run by researchers from different universities. Tasks included:
- Statistical analysis, transcription work
- Writing contributions to research outputs
- Participant recruitment and recording
Plug, L., Lennon, R. & Gold, E. (2021). Articulation rates’ inter-correlations and discriminating powers in an English speech corpus. Speech Communication.
Plug, L., Smith, R., & Lennon, R. (2020). Listeners’ sensitivity to syllable complexity in speech tempo perception. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody. Tokyo: University of Tokyo.
Lennon, R., Plug, L. & Gold, E. (2019). A comparison of multiple speech tempo measures: Inter-correlations and discriminating power. Proceedings of the 19th ICPhS. Melbourne: University of Melbourne.
Plug, L., Lennon, R. & Smith, R.(2019). Measured and perceived speech tempo: Canonical vs surface syllable and phone rates. Proceedings of the 19th ICPhS. Melbourne: University of Melbourne.
Lennon, R., Smith, R. & Stuart-Smith, J. (2015). An acoustic investigation of postvocalic /r/ variants in two sociolects of Glaswegian. Proceedings of the 18th ICPhS. Glasgow: University of Glasgow.
Stuart-Smith, J., Lennon, R., MacDonald, R., Robertson, D., Soskuthy, M., Jose, B. & Evers, L. (2015). A dynamic acoustic view of real-time change in word-final liquids in spontaneous Glaswegian. Proceedings of the 18th ICPhS. Glasgow: University of Glasgow.
Phonetics Lab, Aarhus University
The perception of variable rhoticity in Blackburn, Lancashire: Evidence from an online study. (Invited speaker)
Phonetics Lab, Lancaster University
Acoustics and perception of Glaswegian /r/. (Invited speaker)
Speech Prosody 10, University of Tokyo
BAAP, University of York
April 2020 (postponed)
Quantifying speech tempo: Does the choice of measurement matter?
Rate and Rhythm in Speech Recognition, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
UKLVC 12, Queen Mary University/University College London
ICPhS 19, Melbourne
ICPhS 19, Melbourne
IAFPA 28, Istanbul
Comparing alternative speech tempo measures: Inter-correlations and discriminating powers.
Speech Science Forum seminar, University College London
BAAP, University of Kent
Perception of Glaswegian rhoticity suffers in challenging listening conditions. (Invited session chair: Speech Perception)
Human Language Processing Lab, University of Rochester
Glasgow Smiles Better? Long-term and short-term adaptation to accents. (Invited speaker, co-presented with Rachel Smith)
LabPhon15, Cornell University
Ambiguous rhoticity in Glasgow: Short term exposure promotes perceptual adaptation for experienced and inexperienced listeners. (National Science Foundation travel award, 400USD)
R-atics 5, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden
Derhoticisation in Glasgow: Do listeners adapt after short term exposure?
ICPhS 18, Glasgow
ICPhS 18, Glasgow
AMLaP 20, University of Edinburgh
The effect of exposure in cross-dialect perception: Hearing ambiguous /r/ variants in Glaswegian.
BAAP, University of Oxford
Increased exposure can aid perception of ambiguous /r/ variants in Glasgow. (Eugenie Henderson prize, Best Oral Presentation)
R-atics 4, GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble
The effect of experience in cross-dialect perception: Parsing /r/ in Glaswegian.