Fellow, St Hilda's College
Professor in Phonetics and Phonology, Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics
After undergraduate studies in Italian and Spanish and an MPhil in linguistics, Professor 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.
I am on Special Research Leave throughout 2021-2022, and on Sabbatical Leave throughout 2022-2023
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 other aspects of prosody, for a range of languages, including how infants acquire these. Her current research investigates prosodic and phonetic variation and convergence arising from societal multilingualism and languages in contact, in particular: in Indian English (as spoken in India and the diaspora); in Cypriot varieties of Greek, Turkish and Arabic; and in Venetan dialect vs the regional Italian of the Veneto.
Current/recent collaborations and fellowships
- 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
- Member of https://pelagios.org/
Research projects and funding