Dr Tamara Rathcke
Lecturer in Linguistics
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Office: Rutherford W4.S7
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00-12:00
Before joining ELL in September 2013, Dr Tamara Rathcke researched at the Glasgow University Laboratory of Phonetics in 2009-2013, working on projects investigating rhythm and timing in dialects of British English and studying sound variation and change in Glaswegian. She received her PhD from the Ludgwig-Maximilians-University of Munich in 2009 and an MA in Phonetics and Digital Signal Processing from the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel in 2003. Back in her home country, she studied German Language and Literature at the Immanuel-Kant-University of Kaliningrad from 1994 to 1998.
Tamara’s research interests have a focus on suprasegmental aspects of speech and language, and she is interested in the interdisciplinary work with psychology and music. Her recent paper 'When Speech Sounds Like Music' was featured in the September 2014 issue of APA PeePs (Particularly Exciting Experiments in Psychology), a collaboration between six of APA’s experimental psychology journals. Her follow-on research on this topic has been supported by the British Academy. The project will study individual variation in the perception of the 'speech-to-song illusion', and illuminate how the link between language and music is mediated by cognitive abilities and previous experience of the listener.back to top
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Dr Tamara Rathcke teaches modules on phonetics and phonology, language variation and change and psycholinguistics.
She is available to supervise dissertation projects in a range of topics, including language and dialect comparisons, rhythm and intonation, phonetic aspects of language variation and change, pronunciation training for L2 acquisition. Students with an interest in links between language and music, and how those can be exploited in methods of foreign language acquisition are particularly welcome to discuss their projects.back to top