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Department of Linguistics

Dr Michael Proctor

BE (Computer) UNSW; BA (Spanish) UNSW; MA (Linguistics) UQ; PhD (Linguistics) Yale

Michael is a lecturer in linguistics, investigating speech production and perception, and phonological organization in human language.

Research Projects

Michael's research focuses on the phonetic properties of 'patterns of sounds', with a special interest in phonological classes which have proven difficult to describe: liquid and fricative consonants. Michael's research makes use of MRI, ultrasound, EPG, eye-tracking, and other technologies to investigate speech production and speech perception in adults, children and second language learners.

With colleagues in the Speech Production and Articulation knowledge group at The University of Southern California, Michael is developing new methods in real-time Magnetic Resonance Imaging to investigate the dynamics of speech production -- how the vocal tract is shaped over time -- to inform our knowledge of phonological structure and its cognitive representation.


Lammert, A., Proctor, M., & Narayanan, S. (2013). Interspeaker variability in hard palate morphology and vowel production. Journal of Speech, Language, & Hearing Research, 56(6), S1924-S1933

Proctor, M., Bresch, E., Byrd, D., Nayak, K. & Narayanan S. (2013) Paralinguistic mechanisms of production in human "beatboxing": A real-time magnetic resonance imaging study. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133(2): 1043-1054

Lammert, A., Proctor, M., & Narayanan S. (2013) Morphological Variation in the Adult Hard Palate and Posterior Pharyngeal Wall. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56(2): 521-530

Zhu, Y., Kim, Y.C., Proctor, M.I., Narayanan S. & Nayak, K. (2013) Dynamic 3D Visualization of Vocal Tract Shaping during Speech. IEEE Trans. on Medical Imaging, 32(5): 838-848

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