Dr Rachel Smith

  • Senior Lecturer (English Language and Linguistics)

telephone: 01413305533
email: Rachel.Smith@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Research interests

  • Experimental phonetics and phonology
  • Speech perception
  • Sociophonetics

Biography

 

Dr Rachel Smith is a Lecturer and Research Councils UK (RCUK) Academic Fellow. She previously held a temporary Lectureship in Phonetics at the University of Cambridge (2003-6).

Dr Smith’s research interests are in speech perception, phonetics (acoustic, linguistic and social), and psycholinguistics. Her approach to speech perception emphasises how the phonetic details of speech inform listeners simultaneously about the linguistic message, the speaker’s personal and social attributes, and the interpersonal interaction that is unfolding. Her doctoral dissertation was on the role of phonetic detail in word segmentation, with special reference to perceptual learning of speaker-specific phonetic detail. Current work explores timing and rhythm variation across accents of English and its implications for perception and interaction (ESRC First Grant award on Timing in Accents of English , 2009-2011). She also researches how people learn to understand speech in new voices and accents (with R.-A. Knight, City University) and how such learning is affected by whether speech is experienced in live interaction, or recorded (with J. Stuart-Smith, Glasgow). Other projects concern the perception of phonetic cues to morphological structure (with S. Hawkins, Cambridge, and R. Baker, UCL); the phonetics of reduced discourse markers in Dutch (with M. Ernestus, Nijmegen); and phonetic aspects of the neurological condition synaesthesia, in which speech sounds can trigger unusual percepts of colours and textures (with D. Simmons and A. Moos, Glasgow). 

Dr Smith’s teaching interests are in phonetics, speech perception, psycholinguistics, research methods and statistics.

 

Grants

2011-12: Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Workshop Award: Rhythms in Scotland (£9000) (with Dr T. Rathcke, University of Glasgow)

2009-11: ESRC First Grant (RES-061-25-0302), Timing in Accents of English (FEC £166,607.03)

2008: Nuffield Foundation Small Grant (SGS/35300), Perceptual learning about word boundaries in unfamiliar voices and accents (£7,491) (with Dr R.A. Knight, City University)

Supervision

Dr Smith supervises at masters and doctoral level. She is available to supervise postgraduates in a range of areas within phonetics, especially experimental phonetics and speech perception. She also welcomes contact from prospective students interested in undertaking interdisciplinary work with a psycholinguistic element.

Additional information

Sound files for Smith, R., Baker, R., and Hawkins, S. (to appear). Phonetic detail that distinguishes prefixed from pseudo-prefixed words. Journal of Phonetics.

The materials for this experiment are available below as .zip archives of soundfiles in .wav or .mp3 format. There are ten directories, two for each of the five speakers, with dis- and mis- words separately. Each directory contains 100 utterances containing the critical words in each dialogue. The ten directories are available below as ten individual .zip archives of .wav files, or as a single .zip of .mp3 files.

An example of a file name is APmistakesaN1.d.mp3. The coding of each file name is as follows. The first two letters (upper case) identify the speaker; the following lower case letters identify the critical word, followed in some cases (including this one) by another letter, a, b, or c identifying the particular dialogue with that word in it; the next upper case letters are either N or PN, for Nuclear and PostNuclear prosodic position respectively; the final digit is the repetition number; (.d indicates the file was first recorded in xwaves.)

Appendix 2 of the published paper lists these file names with the dialogue to which each applies, though without the speaker identifications and the repetition number.

Thus file APmistakesaN1.d.mp3 is Speaker AP saying the first repetition of No, Tess mistakes them, with nuclear stress on mistakes. This is from the second (pseudo-prefix) dialogue in Nmis2, as shown in Appendix 2 of the paper.

.wav files 
.mp3 files

Publications

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2016

Ernestus, M., and Smith, R. (2016) Qualitative and quantitative aspects of phonetic variation in Dutch eigenlijk. In: Niebuhr, O., Cangemi, F., Clayards, M., Schuppler, B. and Zellers, M. (eds.) Rethinking Reduction. Mouton de Gruyter. (Accepted for Publication)

Smith, R., and Rathcke, T. (2016) Glasgow gloom or Leeds glue? Dialect-specific vowel duration constrains lexical segmentation and access. Phonetica, (Accepted for Publication)

2015

Lennon, R., Smith, R., and Stuart-Smith, J. (2015) An An Acoustic Investigation of Postvocalic /r/ Variants in Two Sociolects of Glaswegian. In: 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK, 10-14 Aug 2015, ISBN 9780852619414

Rathcke, T., and Smith, R. (2015) Rhythm Class Perception by Expert Phoneticians. In: 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK, 10-14 Aug 2015, ISBN 9780852619414

Solanki, V., Vinciarelli, A., Stuart-Smith, J., and Smith, R. (2015) Utilising Hidden Markov Modelling for the Assessment of Accommodation in Conversational Speech. In: 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK, 10-14 Aug 2015, ISBN 9780852619414

Rathcke, T., and Smith, R. (2015) Speech timing and linguistic rhythm: on the acoustic bases of rhythm typologies. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 137(5), 2834. (doi:10.1121/1.4919322) (PMID:25994711)

Smith, R. (2015) Perception of speaker-specific phonetic detail. In: Fuchs, S., Pape, D., Petrone, C. and Perrier, P. (eds.) Individual Differences in Speech Production and Perception. Series: Speech production and perception. Peter Lang, pp. 11-38. ISBN 9783631665060

2014

Smith, R., Rathcke, T., Cummins, F., Overy, K., and Scott, S. (2014) Communicative rhythms in brain and behaviour [Guest editors and compilers]. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 369(1658),

Smith, R., Rathcke, T., Cummins, F., Overy, K., and Scott, S. (2014) Introduction: Communicative rhythms in brain and behaviour. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 369(1658), p. 20130389. (doi:10.1098/rstb.2013.0389)

Moos, A., Simmons, D. R., and Smith, R. (2014) Synaesthetic associations: exploring the colours of voices. In: Anderson, W., Biggam, C., Hough, C. and Kay, C. (eds.) Colour studies: A broad spectrum. John Benjamins, pp. 352-365. ISBN 9789027212191 (doi:10.1075/z.191.23moo)

Moos, A., Smith, R., Miller, S. R., and Simmons, D. R. (2014) Cross-modal associations in synaesthesia: vowel colours in the ear of the beholder. i-Perception, 5(2), pp. 132-142. (doi:10.1068/i0626)

Smith, R., Holmes-Elliott, S., Pettinato, M., and Knight, R.-A. (2014) Cross-accent intelligibility of speech in noise: Long-term familiarity and short-term familiarization. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67(3), pp. 590-608. (doi:10.1080/17470218.2013.822009)

2013

Moos, A., Simmons, D., Simner, J., and Smith, R. (2013) Color and texture associations in voice-induced synesthesia. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, p. 568. (doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00568)

Smith, R. (2013) New directions in speech perception. In: Knight, R.-A. and Jones, M. J. (eds.) Bloomsbury Companion to Phonetics. Bloomsbury: London, pp. 389-412. ISBN 9781441146069

2012

Smith, R., Baker, R., and Hawkins, S. (2012) Phonetic detail that distinguishes prefixed from pseudo-prefixed words. Journal of Phonetics, 40(5), pp. 689-705. (doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2012.04.002)

Smith, R., and Hawkins, S. (2012) Production and perception of speaker-specific phonetic detail at word boundaries. Journal of Phonetics, 40(2), pp. 213-233. (doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2011.11.003)

2011

Rathcke, T., and Smith, R. (2011) Exploring timing in accents of British English. In: ICPhS XVII, Hong Kong, 17-21 August 2011, pp. 1666-1669.

Stuart-Smith, J., Smith, R., Rathcke, T., Li Santi, F., and Holmes, S. (2011) Responding to accents after experiencing interactive or mediated speech. In: ICPhS XVII, Hong Kong, 17-21 Aug 2011, pp. 1914-1917.

Smith, R., Moos, A., Cartwright-Hignett, W., and Simmons, D. (2011) Towards a phonetically-rich account of speech-sound > colour synaesthesia. In: Biggam, C., Hough, C., Simmons, D. and Kay, C. (eds.) New Directions in Colour Studies. John Benjamin, pp. 319-328. ISBN 9789027211880

Moos, A., Simmons, D., and Smith, R. (2011) Voice quality perceptions by synaesthetes, phoneticians and controls. In: 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XVII), Hong Kong, 17-21 Aug 2011, pp. 1426-1429.

2007

Baker, R., Hawkins, S., and Smith, R.H. (2007) Phonetic differences between mis- and dis- in English prefixed and pseudo-prefixed words. In: Trouvain, J. and Barry, W.J. (eds.) Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences: ICPhS XVI, 6 - 10 August 2007, Saarbrücken, Germany. Universität des Saarlandes: Saarbrücken, Germany, pp. 553-556. ISBN 9783981153514

Smith, R.H. (2007) The effect of talker familiarity on word segmentation in noise. In: Trouvain, J. and Barry, W.J. (eds.) Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences: ICPhS XVI, 6 - 10 August 2007, Saarbrücken, Germany. Universität des Saarlandes: Saarbrücken, Germany, pp. 1917-1920. ISBN 9783981153514

2003

Smith, R.H. (2003) Influence of talker-specific phonetic detail on word segmentation. In: Solé, M.J., Recasens, D. and Romero, J. (eds.) Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences: 3-9 August 2003, Barcelona, Spain. Causal Productions: Rundle Mall, Australia, pp. 1465-1468. ISBN 9781876346492

2001

Hawkins, S., and Smith, R.H. (2001) Polysp: a polysystemic, phonetically-rich approach to speech understanding. Italian Journal of Linguistics/Rivista di Linguistica, 13(1), pp. 99-188.

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Number of items: 24.

Articles

Smith, R., and Rathcke, T. (2016) Glasgow gloom or Leeds glue? Dialect-specific vowel duration constrains lexical segmentation and access. Phonetica, (Accepted for Publication)

Rathcke, T., and Smith, R. (2015) Speech timing and linguistic rhythm: on the acoustic bases of rhythm typologies. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 137(5), 2834. (doi:10.1121/1.4919322) (PMID:25994711)

Smith, R., Rathcke, T., Cummins, F., Overy, K., and Scott, S. (2014) Communicative rhythms in brain and behaviour [Guest editors and compilers]. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 369(1658),

Smith, R., Rathcke, T., Cummins, F., Overy, K., and Scott, S. (2014) Introduction: Communicative rhythms in brain and behaviour. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 369(1658), p. 20130389. (doi:10.1098/rstb.2013.0389)

Moos, A., Smith, R., Miller, S. R., and Simmons, D. R. (2014) Cross-modal associations in synaesthesia: vowel colours in the ear of the beholder. i-Perception, 5(2), pp. 132-142. (doi:10.1068/i0626)

Smith, R., Holmes-Elliott, S., Pettinato, M., and Knight, R.-A. (2014) Cross-accent intelligibility of speech in noise: Long-term familiarity and short-term familiarization. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67(3), pp. 590-608. (doi:10.1080/17470218.2013.822009)

Moos, A., Simmons, D., Simner, J., and Smith, R. (2013) Color and texture associations in voice-induced synesthesia. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, p. 568. (doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00568)

Smith, R., Baker, R., and Hawkins, S. (2012) Phonetic detail that distinguishes prefixed from pseudo-prefixed words. Journal of Phonetics, 40(5), pp. 689-705. (doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2012.04.002)

Smith, R., and Hawkins, S. (2012) Production and perception of speaker-specific phonetic detail at word boundaries. Journal of Phonetics, 40(2), pp. 213-233. (doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2011.11.003)

Hawkins, S., and Smith, R.H. (2001) Polysp: a polysystemic, phonetically-rich approach to speech understanding. Italian Journal of Linguistics/Rivista di Linguistica, 13(1), pp. 99-188.

Book Sections

Ernestus, M., and Smith, R. (2016) Qualitative and quantitative aspects of phonetic variation in Dutch eigenlijk. In: Niebuhr, O., Cangemi, F., Clayards, M., Schuppler, B. and Zellers, M. (eds.) Rethinking Reduction. Mouton de Gruyter. (Accepted for Publication)

Smith, R. (2015) Perception of speaker-specific phonetic detail. In: Fuchs, S., Pape, D., Petrone, C. and Perrier, P. (eds.) Individual Differences in Speech Production and Perception. Series: Speech production and perception. Peter Lang, pp. 11-38. ISBN 9783631665060

Moos, A., Simmons, D. R., and Smith, R. (2014) Synaesthetic associations: exploring the colours of voices. In: Anderson, W., Biggam, C., Hough, C. and Kay, C. (eds.) Colour studies: A broad spectrum. John Benjamins, pp. 352-365. ISBN 9789027212191 (doi:10.1075/z.191.23moo)

Smith, R. (2013) New directions in speech perception. In: Knight, R.-A. and Jones, M. J. (eds.) Bloomsbury Companion to Phonetics. Bloomsbury: London, pp. 389-412. ISBN 9781441146069

Smith, R., Moos, A., Cartwright-Hignett, W., and Simmons, D. (2011) Towards a phonetically-rich account of speech-sound > colour synaesthesia. In: Biggam, C., Hough, C., Simmons, D. and Kay, C. (eds.) New Directions in Colour Studies. John Benjamin, pp. 319-328. ISBN 9789027211880

Baker, R., Hawkins, S., and Smith, R.H. (2007) Phonetic differences between mis- and dis- in English prefixed and pseudo-prefixed words. In: Trouvain, J. and Barry, W.J. (eds.) Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences: ICPhS XVI, 6 - 10 August 2007, Saarbrücken, Germany. Universität des Saarlandes: Saarbrücken, Germany, pp. 553-556. ISBN 9783981153514

Smith, R.H. (2007) The effect of talker familiarity on word segmentation in noise. In: Trouvain, J. and Barry, W.J. (eds.) Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences: ICPhS XVI, 6 - 10 August 2007, Saarbrücken, Germany. Universität des Saarlandes: Saarbrücken, Germany, pp. 1917-1920. ISBN 9783981153514

Smith, R.H. (2003) Influence of talker-specific phonetic detail on word segmentation. In: Solé, M.J., Recasens, D. and Romero, J. (eds.) Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences: 3-9 August 2003, Barcelona, Spain. Causal Productions: Rundle Mall, Australia, pp. 1465-1468. ISBN 9781876346492

Conference Proceedings

Lennon, R., Smith, R., and Stuart-Smith, J. (2015) An An Acoustic Investigation of Postvocalic /r/ Variants in Two Sociolects of Glaswegian. In: 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK, 10-14 Aug 2015, ISBN 9780852619414

Rathcke, T., and Smith, R. (2015) Rhythm Class Perception by Expert Phoneticians. In: 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK, 10-14 Aug 2015, ISBN 9780852619414

Solanki, V., Vinciarelli, A., Stuart-Smith, J., and Smith, R. (2015) Utilising Hidden Markov Modelling for the Assessment of Accommodation in Conversational Speech. In: 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK, 10-14 Aug 2015, ISBN 9780852619414

Rathcke, T., and Smith, R. (2011) Exploring timing in accents of British English. In: ICPhS XVII, Hong Kong, 17-21 August 2011, pp. 1666-1669.

Stuart-Smith, J., Smith, R., Rathcke, T., Li Santi, F., and Holmes, S. (2011) Responding to accents after experiencing interactive or mediated speech. In: ICPhS XVII, Hong Kong, 17-21 Aug 2011, pp. 1914-1917.

Moos, A., Simmons, D., and Smith, R. (2011) Voice quality perceptions by synaesthetes, phoneticians and controls. In: 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XVII), Hong Kong, 17-21 Aug 2011, pp. 1426-1429.

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