Fellow, St Hilda's College
Associate Professor in Phonetics and Phonology, Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics
After undergraduate studies in Italian and Spanish and an MPhil in linguistics, Dr Payne specialised in experimental phonetics for her doctoral research, with a thesis on Italian consonant gemination. Following a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (also in Cambridge), she was a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Phonetics at UCL.
Prior to coming to Oxford, she also spent a period working in Government (primarily on International Trade Policy), including a secondment to the European Commission, and undertook postgraduate studies in Politics at SOAS.
She tutors and lectures in phonetics and phonology to undergraduates and postgraduates, and supervises doctoral students in topics related to speech prosody, phonetic variation and influences on phonological structure.
Her overarching research interest is speech variation - how it arises, what shapes it and how speakers use it - and its relationship to phonology. Within this frame, she has worked on speech timing and prosody, in adult and child speech, for a range of languages. Current research interests include the effects of speech context on prosody (especially who the speaker is talking to) and variation rising from societal multilingualism and contact linguistics, looking in particular at variation and convergence in Indian English, as spoken in India and the diaspora.
Current/recent collaborations, fellowships and research projects
- Affiliate Member of the Australian Research Council’s Centre for Excellence for the Dynamics of Language https://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/
- Key Research Collaborator, Oxford’s International Multimodal Communication Centre https://imcc.web.ox.ac.uk/home
- Leverhulme International Academic Fellow (postponed to 2021-22) https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/international-academic-fellowships-2020
Contact phonetics and prosody: Indian English in India and the diaspora
Investigating variation and change in Indian English, including transfer effects from Indian languages. Funded by John Fell Fund, Australian Research Council (via COEDL), Leverhulme. In collaboration with Olga Maxwell (Melbourne).
The Acquisition of Consonant Timing (ACT)
Investigating how children acquire the prosodic-phonetic biases of their ambient language (comparing English and Norwegian). Funded by the British Academy and the Centre for Multilingualism in Society Across the Lifespan (University of Oslo). In collaboration with Nina Garmann (Oslo Met), Brechtje Post (Cambridge), Hanne Gram Simonsen (Oslo).
Acquisition of Prosody in L1 (APriL)
Investigating the acquisition of rhythm and intonation in Catalan, Spanish and English. Funded by the British Academy and the Batista i Roca Foundation. In collaboration with Lluisa Astruc (Open University), Brechtje Post (Cambridge), Pilar Prieto (Pompeu Fabra), Maria del Mar Vanrell (Universitat des Illes Balears).