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Phonetics Laboratory
Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics

BAAP 2014

We hosted the 2014 meeting of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians on 7-9 April 2014.

Key Dates | Registration | Venue | Programme | Workshop | Social | Accommodation | Food and Drink | Travel


Key Dates:

15 July 2013: Paper submission opened

11 Nov 2013: Paper submission closed

18 Nov 2013: Early registration opened

30 Dec 2013: Notification of acceptance of papers

21 Jan 2014: Early registration closed

24 Mar 2014: Registration closes

7-9 Apr 2014: BAAP2014




Registration for BAAP 2014 closed long ago.

The registration fees were

  Delegate type Earlybird From 15 January
Full conference package without dinner Standard £95 £110
  Student £75 £85
Full conference package with dinner Standard £125 £140
  Student £100 £110
One day package without dinner Standard £55 £65
  Student £35 £40
One day package with dinner Standard £85 £95
  Student £60 £65




The Colloquium took place at St Hilda's College (http://www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/, in the Edward Boyle auditorium of the Jacqueline du Pré Building (http://www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/jdp-music-building/jdp-whats). Founded in 1893 for women (and going fully mixed in 2008), St Hilda's is spectacularly set in four acres of gardens on the banks of the Cherwell at Magdalen Bridge, a short walk from the centre of Oxford. St Hilda's has early IPA credentials: its founder, the suffragist and educational reformer Dorothea Beale, was an ardent supporter of phonetics and became one of the earliest members of the IPA, joining in 1888.


1. Main programme


Instructions for presenters both oral and poster

2. Tutorial workshop on methods for large-scale phonetic data analysis


St Hilda's College, Monday 7th April, 9:30 - 12:00 (including a break at 10:40 - 11:00)

Tutors: Margaret Renwick, Ladan Baghai-Ravary and John Coleman

Phoneticians (and linguists of many stripes, in fact) are now using audio corpora of increasingly large size and diversity. The phonetic analysis of such large data sets presents new challenges of scale, requiring new methods and techniques. In this tutorial workshop we shall share our experience in facing the challenges of working with "big data", using the Audio BNC as an example data resource. The topics to be covered include: how big?; forced alignment and its limitations; the efficient use of human checking; measurement through scripts; data visualisation and exploratory data analysis; functional data analysis.

As this is a practically-oriented workshop, participants will need to bring their own laptop computers in order to follow and carry out the examples. It will be helpful if you already have an eduroam login. We do not prescribe what operating system to use, but note that we shall be demonstrating Linux for scripting and some software installations. We'll be using/mentioning Praat, wavesurfer, sox, R, Octave/Matlab, and ESPS. More details about how to get ready for the workshop are available from here.

This workshop is supported by ESRC grant number RES-062-23-2566, "Word joins in real-life speech: a large corpus-based study"


3. Social Programme

Monday evening: Drinks reception and exhibition of rare and old books relating to phonetics (Divinity School, Bodleian Library)



Tuesday evening: Colloquium dinner
This was hosted by Merton College (http://www.merton.ox.ac.uk/) just across the river from St Hilda's. Founded in 1264, Merton is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford (celebrating 750 years in 2014!). The dinner took place in its medieval dining hall.

Self-guided walking tour/pub crawl, at your leisure
A large number of well-known figures in the history of phonetics and linguistics have connections with Oxford, including Daniel Jones, J. R. Firth, Henry Sweet, J. R. R. Tolkien, Joseph Wright, Max Müller, John Wilkins, and John Wallis. As part of the social programme, we compiled a self-guided walking tour of locations associated with phonetics, linguistics and philology at Oxford.



A limited number of en-suite and standard rooms at special colloquium rates were available at St Hilda's College during the period of the colloquium.

All prices are per person per night, bed and breakfast, and are exclusive of VAT. Rooms are undergraduate student rooms. Most are standard rooms (with shared bathroom facilities), though there is also a smaller number of ensuite rooms available. Twin room rates are based on 2 people sharing.

  B&B per person/per night (excl. VAT)
En-suite single £55.00
En-suite twin £42.50
Standard single £35.50
Standard twin £22.50

Alternative accommodation:

Oxford Colleges

  • University Rooms Oxford
    Search for and book a room in an Oxford college. Make sure you call the college before you book to find out whether the room is close to the city centre. Once you have booked on this site, it's very cumbersome to make changes, as you can only do so within office hours when the college accommodation offices are manned. Some colleges only have off-site rooms located far away from the city centre, so best avoid those if you want to get around easily.


  • Tower House
    A small B&B very conveniently located in the city centre but slightly further away from St Hilda’s. If you like the idea of classic British houses, this will be a good option for you. £90-110 per night, including breakfast. 15 Ship Street, Oxford, OX1 3DA. 01865 246 828. info@towerhouseoxford.co.uk

  • The Old Black Horse
    Very close to St Hilda’s. May be a bit noisy. £95-110 a night, incl. breakfast. 102 St. Clements Street, Oxford, OX4 1AR. 01865 244691. oldblackhorse@googlemail.com


  • Vanbrugh House Hotel
    A hotel located right in the city centre, just off Cornmarket Street and opposite the Oxford Union, but also slightly further away from St Hilda's. Opened only a little over a year ago. Single rooms from around £119 and doubles from approx. £143 per night. 20-24 St Michael’s Street, Oxford, OX1 2EB. 01865 244 622. info@vanbrughhousehotel.co.uk

  • Cotswold Lodge hotel
    A Victorian mansion, bay windows, grand staircases, rich-hued wallpaper and plush, patterned upholstery. It is close to Jericho, North Parade and Walton Street, where you can find excellent cafés and restaurants, but a fair walk from St Hilda’s (30 mins). From £150 per night. 66a Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6JP. 01865 512121. enquiries@cotswoldlodgehotel.co.uk

  • Old Parsonage Hotel
    A boutique hotel set in a 17th-century building. Located at the end of St Giles between the Woodstock and Banbury Roads, 5-10 minutes’ walk from the centre of the city, but about 25 mins from St Hilda’s. From £250. 1 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6NN. 01865 310210. reception@oldparsonage-hotel.co.uk

Other options

  • oxfordshortlets.com is a good option if you're staying in Oxford for a week and you'd like to have your own kitchen. The weekly rent can be anywhere from 500 up to 1000 pounds, depending on location and size of the apartment.

  • www.airbnb.co.uk is another website offering a variety of short-term private accommodation options.

  • hostelworld.com lists options for a tight budget, if basic amenities are all you need.

  • booking.com will list various available accommodation options in Oxford. Changes and cancellations are often free of charge up to 24 hours before the date of arrival.

Food and drink

Daily Info and Yelp list a wide range of restaurants and pubs searchable by price range and cuisine type. What follows is only a small list of suggestions.


  • Cherwell Boathouse
    Bardwell Road OX2 6ST
    01865 552746
    Main dishes around £19 (from £13.75 for two courses during the week)
    Seven days a week midday-2pm (2.30pm weekends); 6-9.15pm (9.30pm weekends)
    Reservations recommended a few days in advance

  • Ashmolean Dining Room
    Beaumont Street, OX1 2PH
    01865 553823
    Starters around £8, main dishes £16
    Sun, Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am-6pm; Fri, Sat 10am-10pm
    Reservations recommended for evenings

  • Kazbar Tapas Restaurant (Spanish/Moroccan)
    25-27 Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1HP
    01865 202920
    Mon-Thu 5pm-midnight; Fri 5pm-1am; Sat midday-1am Sun midday-midnight
    Reservations not necessary unless for a group

  • Turl Street Kitchen
    16-17 Turl Street, OX1 3DH
    01865 264171
    £7-10 for a main dish
    Sun-Thurs 8am-midnight; Fri-Sat 8am-1am
    Reservations recommended (check website for details). Few tables are kept free for walk-ins

  • Quod Brasserie & Bar
    92 - 94 High Street, OX1 4BJ
    01865 202505
    Main dishes around £12, set lunch and early supper menu at £12.95 for two courses
    Every day from 7-11pm (Sun 10.30pm). Breakfast 7-11am
    Reservations recommended for evenings; not possible on Saturday evenings

  • Bill’s
    Northgate Hall, St Michael's Street, OX1 2DU
    01865 202550
    £9-15 for a main dish
    Mon-Sat 8am-11pm; Sun 9am-10:30pm
    Reservations not necessary unless for a group

  • Vaults & Garden
    University Church, 1 Radcliffe Square, OX1 4AH
    01865 279112
    Around £8 for a main dish at lunchtime
    Daily, 9.00am-4.30pm
    Reservations not necessary unless for a group

  • Gee’s Restaurant & Bar
    61 Banbury Road, OX2 6PE
    01865 553540
    Main dishes around £16. Lunch and early-bird dinner menu offers from £13 for two courses
    Sun-Thurs 10am-10.30pm; Fri-Sat 9.45am-11pm
    Reservations recommended

  • Pierre Victoire Bistrot
    9 Little Clarendon Street, OX1 2HP
    01865 316616
    Main dishes from £10.50, set lunch menus from £9 for two courses
    Mon-Sat midday-2pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun midday-10pm
    Reservations not necessary unless for a group

  • Browns Bar & Brasserie
    5-11 Woodstock Road, OX2 6HA
    01865 511995
    Main dishes from £11, set lunch menus from £9 for two courses
    Mon-Thu 8am-11pm; Fri-Sat 8am-midnight; Sun 9am-10.30pm
    Reservations not necessary unless for a group

Pubs (potentially in pub crawl order, starting from St Hilda’s)

  • The Cape Of Good Hope
    1 Iffley Rd, The Plain, Oxford OX4 1EA
    01865 262291
    Open midday to midnight; food served until 10pm

  • Angel & Greyhound
    30 St Clement's St, OX4 1AB
    01865 242660
    Mon-Thu midday – 11.30pm, Fri-Sat midday – midnight, Sun midday – 11pm; food Mon-Thu midday – 2pm & 6pm – 8.30pm, Fri-Sat midday – 8.30pm, Sun midday – 6.00pm

  • The Bear Inn
    6 Alfred Street, OX1 4EH
    01865 728164
    Open 11am – 11pm on Mon-Thu, until midnight on Fri-Sat, 10.30pm on Sun; food midday – 9pm

  • The Turf Tavern
    4-5 Bath Place via St Helens Passage off Holywell St, OX1 3SU
    Very well known but hard to find. Google maps
    01865 243235
    Open 11 am – 11.15 pm (Sun 11am – 10.30pm); food 11am-9pm

  • The King’s Arms
    40 Holywell Street, OX1 3SP
    01865 242369
    Open daily from 10.30am to midnight; food 11am – 9.30pm

  • The Lamb and Flag
    12 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3JS
    01865 515787
    Open midday – 11pm (Sundays until 10.30pm); no food served

  • The Eagle and Child
    49 St Giles', OX1 3LU
    01865 302925
    Open 11am – 11pm on Mon-Thu, until midnight on Fri-Sat, 12 – 10.30pm on Sun; food Mon-Fri 11am – 10pm; Sat-Sun midday – 10pm

  • The Royal Oak
    42-44 Woodstock Rd, OX2 6HT
    01865 310187
    Sun-Wed midday – 11pm, Thu-Sat midday – midnight; food midday – 10pm

  • The Trout Inn
    195 Godstow Rd, Wolvercote, OX2 8PN
    01865 510930
    Mon-Sat 11am – 11pm, Sun 11am – 10.30pm; food served from midday to 10pm (Mon-Thu) / 10.30pm (Fri-Sat) / 9pm (Sun)


  • The House
    Blue Boar St, OX1 4EE
    Sun-Wed 5pm-midnight; Thu-Sat 5pm-1am

  • The Mad Hatter
    43 Iffley Rd, OX4 1EA
    Tue 8pm – (Oxford University Jazz Soc)
    Thu-Sat 7pm –
    Closed on Mon, Wed, Sun

  • Freud
    119 Walton St, OX2 6AH
    Mon-Thu 4.30pm–midnight; Fri 4.30pm–2am; Sat 11am–2am; Sun 4.30pm–midnight
  • The Duke of Cambridge
    5-6 Little Clarendon St, OX1 2HP
    Sun-Wed 5pm–midnight; Thu-Sat 5pm–1am

  • Angels
    Dartington House, Little Clarendon St, OX1 2HS
    Open daily 4:30pm–1:00am

  • LJ
    30 Walton St, OX2 6AA
    Open daily 4:30pm–1am

  • Raoul's Bar
    32 Walton St, OX2 6AA
    Sun-Wed 4pm–midnight; Thu-Sat 4pm–1am


St Hilda's College
Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY
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Bus or coach

  • Buses from London run round the clock at very reasonable fares. Travel times from London vary with traffic but average an hour and a half to two hours. The X90 is slightly faster than the Oxford Tube as it follows a more direct route.
    If you have an NUS, YP Railcard or YP Coachcard, show it to the driver for a cheaper ticket.
  • X90 - Calls at London Victoria Coach Station, Grosvenor Gardens (Victoria), Marble Arch, Gloucester Place (Baker St.) and Hillingdon Circus.
  • Oxford Tube - Calls at Grosvenor Gardens (Victoria), Marble Arch, Notting Hill Gate, Shepherd's Bush, Hillingdon Circus and Lewknor Turn.
  • LHR - Calls at Heathrow bus station and Heathrow Terminal 5; transfer from the central bus station for terminals 1, 2, 3 & to terminal 4. There is a free train transfer between Heathrow Central and terminal 4.
  • LGW - Calls at Gatwick South Terminal and Gatwick North Terminal.
  • Luton, Stansted and Birmingham Airports: National Express
  • For St. Hilda's, alight at St. Clements, walk up to the roundabout and Cowley Place is the second exit.
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  • St Hilda's College is situated approximately 20 minutes walk from the city centre and bus station and about 30 minutes walk from the train station. Taxis are recommended if you have luggage with you and are available at both the Oxford Railway Station and Gloucester Green Coach Station. If you have difficulty finding one, please contact the Porters' Lodge on 01869 276884.
  • 001 Taxis 01865 24 00 00
  • ABC Radio Taxi Oxford 01865 24 24 24
  • A1 Taxis (LTI black cabs) 01865 248 000

Public transport

  • From Railway Station: Bus 3 towards Rose Hill, The Oval, or 5 towards Blackbird Leys, Pegasus Court Google maps
  • From Gloucester Green Coach Station: Walk to St Aldates (approx. 7 mins.) Bus 12 towards Greater Leys, Little Bury, or 1 towards Blackbird Leys, Pegasus Court Google maps

Arriving by car

  • Birmingham-Oxford: M40-A34
  • Bristol-Oxford: M32-M4-A34
  • Cardiff-Oxford: M4-A420
  • Edinburgh-Oxford: A74(M)-A74-M6-M42-M40-A34
  • Glasgow-Oxford: M74-A74(M)-M6-M42-M40-A34
  • London-Oxford: M40-A40
  • From the M25 (London Orbital motorway), at junction 16 take the M40(W) exit to B'ham/Oxford. Stay on the M40 for around 30 miles, before exiting at junction 8 onto the A40 towards Oxford/Chelthenham. After about 5 miles, Thornhill Park & Ride will be on your left.
  • Manchester-Oxford: M56-M6-M42-M40-A34
  • Newcastle-Oxford: A1-A1(M)-M1-A43-M40-A34
  • Nottingham-Oxford: M1-A43-M40-A34

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