Professor Bill Wells, MA (Oxon), DPhil (York), Dip RSA, Hon FRCSLT, Emeritus Professor in Human Communication Sciences

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Department of Human Communication Sciences
University of Sheffield
362 Mushroom Lane
S10 2TS
United Kingdom

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Research Interests

Typical and atypical speech development in children:

Phonetics of talk-in-interaction:

Current and recent projects

  • Overlapping talk in conversation: phonetics, phonology and interaction. Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship 2016-18. Research Associate Dr. Emina Kurtić.
  • Meeting the challenge of simultaneous talk for cochlear implant users. Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council. 2014-15.With Professor Guy Brown, (Department of Computer Science) and Dr Harriet Crook ( Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) Research associates: Dr. Amy Beeston, Erica Bradley, Dr. Emina Kurtić.

Recent publications

Yeh, Li-Li, Wells, B, Stackhouse, J & Szczerbinski, M. (2015) The development of phonological representations in Mandarin-speaking children: Evidence from a longitudinal study of phonological awareness, Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 29:4, 266-275

Wells, B & Stackhouse J. (2015) Children’s Intonation: A Framework for Practice and Research. Wiley-Blackwell. (Volume 5 of the series Children’s Speech and Literacy Difficulties)

Lim, H.W, Wells, B & Howard, S. (2015) Rate of multilingual phonological acquisition: Evidence from a cross-sectional study of English–Mandarin–Malay, Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 29:11, 793-811

Anstey, J & B. Wells (2013) The uses of overlap: carer-child interaction involving a nine year old boy with auditory neuropathy. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. 27(10–11): 746–769

Kurtić, E, Brown, G & Wells, B. (2013) Resources for turn-competition in overlapping talk. Speech Communication 55 (5), 721-743