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Phonetics Laboratory
Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics

Professor John Coleman

Prof John Coleman
Address: Phonetics Laboratory, University of Oxford, 41 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JF, United Kingdom
Email: takes the form firstname.surname@phon.ox.ac.uk
Tel: 01865 270440

"John" is a very common name in the Coleman clann. So if you're looking for my Oxford namesake, the psychologist in the Department of Education whose primary interest is adolescence, look here or here. For the American TV weatherman and climate change denier, the English football manager and former player, the Australian rules footballer, or any other John Colemans, you'll need to search elsewhere.


My main research interests are in phonetics (especially acoustic phonetics), speech technology, laboratory phonology and computational linguistics.

  • Speech synthesis: long ago I worked on formant synthesis in computational phonology (e.g. IPOX)
  • I am currently using speech synthesis to model sound change, and to reconstruct the audio form of spoken words from the past (the Ancient Sounds project)
  • Spoken language corpora, especially the Audio edition of the Spoken BNC, and the IViE corpus
  • I'm particularly interested in statistical approaches to speech and language modelling, especially methods of functional data analysis

Earlier in my career I've worked on:


Books, peer-reviewed papers and other publications

Course materials

Introduction to Speech and Language Processing HT 2019 weeks 1-8
Acoustic Phonetics HT 2019 weeks 1-4
Experimental Phonetics HT 2019 weeks 5-8
MSt/MPhil Foundation Course MT 2018: Phonetics

Reading lists

Undergraduate reading list (introductory)

Advanced undergraduate reading list (e.g. for finals)

Graduate phonology and phonetics tutorial topics and reading list

Practice materials

Phonetics and Phonology paper XII (aural) practice materials