Dr Elinor Payne

College Lecturer in Phonetics and Phonology
MA, MPhil, PhD (Cantab), PgDip (Lond)

I was appointed as a Supernumerary Fellow of St Hilda's College in 2007, following a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, and a temporary lectureship at UCL.

I have also had a career in Government, during which I worked on international trade policy and 'international futures' and had a short spell working at the European Commission.

Research interests

My main research interests lie, on the empirical side, in speech production and prosody and, on the theoretical side, in the evolution of phonological systems (and in particular the role played by speech patterns, or 'motifs'). More recently, I have also become interested in aspects of speech acquisition and disorder. Languages I have worked on include Italian, Italo-Romance dialects, Spanish, Catalan, English, Arabic and Cypriot Greek.