Laurence White

Another shift down the speech mines

Research interests: Speech perception, speech production, language acquisition

I am a lecturer in the School of Psychology at Plymouth University. I remain a visiting fellow in the School of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol.


Monaghan, P., White, L., & Merkx, M.M. (2013). Disambiguating durational cues for speech segmentation. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 134, EL45-EL51.

White, L., Mattys, S.L., & Wiget, L. (2012). Segmentation cues in conversational speech: Robust semantics and fragile phonotactics [pdf file]. Frontiers in Psychology, 3:375.

White, L., Mattys, S.L., & Wiget, L. (2012). Language categorization by adults is based on sensitivity to durational cues, not rhythm class [pdf file]. Journal of Memory and Language, 66, 665-679.

White, L., Liss, J.M., & Dellwo, V. (2011). Assessment of rhythm. In A. Lowit & R.D. Kent (Eds.), Assessment of Motor Speech Disorders (pp. 213-252). San Diego: Plural.

White, L., Melhorn, J.F., & Mattys, S.L. (2010). Segmentation by lexical subtraction in Hungarian L2 speakers of English [pdf file]. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63, 544-554.

White, L., & Turk, A.E. (2010). English words on the Procrustean bed: Polysyllabic shortening reconsidered [pdf file]. Journal of Phonetics, 38, 459-471.

Wiget, L., White, L., Schuppler, B., Grenon, I., Rauch, O., & Mattys, S.L. (2010). How stable are acoustic metrics of contrastive speech rhythm? [pdf file]. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 127, 1559-1569.

White, L., Wiget, L., Rauch, O., & Mattys, S.L. (2010). Segmentation cues in spontaneous and read speech [pdf file]. In Proceedings of the Fifth Conference on Speech Prosody, 2010, Chicago (pp. 100218:1-4).

Ladd, D.R., Schepman, A., White, L., Quarmby, L.M., & Stackhouse, R. (2009). Structural and dialectal effects on pitch peak alignment in two varieties of British English [pdf file]. Journal of Phonetics, 37, 146-161.

Liss, J.M., White, L., Mattys, S.L., Lansford, K., Lotto, A.J., Spitzer, S.M., & Caviness, J.N. (2009). Quantifying speech rhythm abnormalities in the dysarthrias [pdf file]. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 52, 1334-1352. [Winner of 2009 Editor’s Award, Speech section.]

White, L., Payne, E., & Mattys, S.L. (2009). Rhythmic and prosodic contrast in Venetan and Sicilian Italian [pdf file]. In M. Vigario, S. Frota & M.J. Freitas (Eds.), Phonetics and Phonology: Interactions and Interrelations (pp. 137-158). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Grenon, I., & White, L. (2008). Acquiring rhythm: A comparison of L1 and L2 speakers of Canadian English and Japanese [pdf file]. In H. Chan, H. Jacob & E. Kapia (Eds.), BUCLD 32: Proceedings of the 32nd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 155-166). Somerville, Massachusetts: Cascadilla Press.

White, L., & Mády, K. (2008). The long and the short and the final: Phonological vowel length and prosodic timing in Hungarian [pdf file]. In P.A. Barbosa, S. Madureira & C. Reis (Eds.), Proceedings of Fourth Conference on Speech Prosody, 2008, Campinas (pp. 363-366).

Mattys, S.L., Melhorn, J.F., & White, L. (2007). Effects of syntactic expectations on speech segmentation [pdf file]. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 33, 960-977.

White, L., & Mattys, S.L. (2007). Calibrating rhythm: First language and second language studies [pdf file]. Journal of Phonetics, 35, 501-522.

White, L., & Mattys, S.L. (2007). Rhythmic typology and variation in first and second languages [pdf file]. In P. Prieto, J. Mascaró & M.-J.Solé (Eds.), Segmental and Prosodic issues in Romance Phonology. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory series (pp. 237-257). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

White, L., Mattys, S.L., Series, L., & Gage, S. (2007). Rhythm metrics predict rhythmic discrimination [pdf file]. In J. Trouvain & W.J. Barry (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences 2007 (pp. 1009-1012).

Mattys, S.L., White, L., & Melhorn, J.F. (2005). Integration of multiple speech segmentation cues: A hierarchical framework [pdf file]. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 134, 477-500.

Turk, A.E., & White, L. (1999). Structural influences on accentual lengthening in English [pdf file]. Journal of Phonetics, 27, 171-206.

Foster, J.C., McInnes, F.R., Jack, M.A., Love, S., Dutton, R.T., Nairn, I.A., & White, L. (1998). An experimental evaluation of preferences for data entry method in automated telephone services. Behaviour and Information Technology, 17, 82-92.

Turk, A.E., & White, L. (1997). The domain of accentual lengthening in Scottish English. In Eurospeech '97 Proceedings: ESCA Fifth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (pp. 795-798).

White, L., & Turk, A.E. (1996). The domain of the durational effects of accent in Scottish English. In Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics, Volume 18: Part 9. Autumn Conference: Speech and Hearing '96 (pp. 171-178).

McInnes, F.R., White, L., Foster, J.C., & Jack, M.A. (1995). An automated style checker for human-computer dialogue engineering. In Proceedings of the ESCA Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems, Vigso, Denmark (pp. 149-152).

PhD dissertation

White, L. (2002). English speech timing: A domain and locus approach. University of Edinburgh PhD dissertation.

Research resources

White, L., & King, S. (2003). The EUSTACE speech corpus ( Centre for Speech Technology Research, University of Edinburgh.

Utilities for the calculation of contrastive rhythm metrics.

Last modified June 2013.

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