michael proctor

I'm a lecturer in linguistics in the Faculty of Human Sciences at Macquarie University, investigating speech production and perception, and phonological organization in human language.

My 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.

In the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) and the Language Program of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), we use electromagnetic articulography (EMA), MEG, ultrasound, EPG, eye-tracking, and other technologies to investigate speech production, language development, and speech perception in adults, children, second language learners, and disordered populations.

In the Speech Production and Articulation kNowledge group at USC, we use real-time Magnetic Resonance Imaging and other technologies 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.