Jo Pearce

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Research title: Voice quality in contemporary Scotland: perception, gender, & identity

Research Summary

My research looks at the production and perception of voice quality in contemporary Scotland from a trans-focused LGBT+ perspective. For my Masters’ thesis, I am investigating whether listeners use creakiness and breathiness as cues to a speaker’s gender.

My PhD research will build on this by investigating voice quality production differences between speakers of different genders, among members of the LGBT+ community as well as in the wider population, as well as conducting further perceptual experiments to investigate how listeners evaluate these differences.


Grants & Awards

  • ESRC, 2018-2022, 1+3 studentship for postgraduate study
  • David Murison Prize. Jointly awarded for best performance in Modern English and Scots. 201
  • Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen Prize in Literary and Linguistic Computing. Jointly awarded for Corpus Linguistics project, ‘Language change in terms used to refer to LGBT+ people in UK newspapers from 1985-2018’. 2018.


  • Jo Pearce. 2018. Language change in terms used to refer to LGBT+ people in UK newspapers from 1985-2018. 30/11/2018. Corpus Linguistics in Scotland Annual Meeting, University of Edinburgh.

Additional Information


  • Member of the International Phonetic Association

Other Roles

  • English Language & Linguistics Department Social Media Intern
  • Class representative for English Language & Linguistics PGR
  • President of the Glasgow University English Language & Linguistics Society