Professor John Coleman
Professor of Phonetics
Address: Phonetics Laboratory, University of Oxford, 41 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JF, United Kingdom
Email: takes the form firstname.lastname@example.org
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), models of sound change, 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:
- Vocal tract imaging See our movies here!
- Computational phonology
- Neurology and psychology of speech production and perception; Foreign Accent Syndrome
- Declarative and probabilistic phonology
- Berber (follow this link for audio examples)
From October 2021 I shall be on research leave for three years, so I shall not be teaching (except for a few doctoral research students). Other Departmental Lecturers are being recruited to cover all of the Faculty's ongoing phonetics teaching needs.