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Dr Tamara Rathcke

Lecturer in Linguistics


Office: Rutherford W4.S7

Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-3pm


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.

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Rathcke, T. (2017). How Truncating Are 'Truncating Languages'? Evidence from Russian and German. Phonetica [Online] 73:194-228. Available at: https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/444190.
Rathcke, T. et al. (2016). The beauty in a beast: Minimising the effects of diverse recording quality on vowel formant measurements in sociophonetic real-time studies. Speech Communication [Online] 86:24-41. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.specom.2016.11.001.
Smith, R. and Rathcke, T. (2016). Glasgow Gloom or Leeds Glue? Dialect-Specific Vowel Duration Constrains Lexical Segmentation and Access. Phonetica [Online]:1-24. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000444857.
Rathcke, T. and Stuart-Smith, J. (2015). On the Tail of the Scottish Vowel Length Rule in Glasgow. Language and Speech [Online] 59:404-430. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0023830915611428.
Rathcke, T. and Smith, R. (2015). Speech Timing and Linguistic Rhythm: On the Acoustic Bases of Rhythm Typologies. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America [Online] 137:2834-2845. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4919322.
Stuart-Smith, J. et al. (2015). The private life of stops: VOT in a real-time corpus of spontaneous Glaswegian. Laboratory Phonology [Online]:505-549. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/lp-2015-0015.
Smith, R. et al. (2014). Introduction: Communicative Rhythms in Brain and Behaviour. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (Special Issue) [Online] 369:20130389-20130389. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2013.0389.
Falk, S., Rathcke, T. and Dalla Bella, S. (2014). When Speech Sounds Like Music. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance [Online] 40:1491-1506. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0036858.
Rathcke, T. (2013). On the Neutralizing Status of Truncation in Intonation: A Perception Study of Boundary Tones in German and Russian. Journal of Phonetics [Online] 41:172-185. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wocn.2013.01.003.
Baumann, S. and Rathcke, T. (2013). Disambiguating the Scope of Negation by Prosodic Cues in Three Varieties of German. Lingua [Online] 131:29-48. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2013.03.004.
Book section
Stuart-Smith, J. et al. (2015). A real-time study of plosives in Glaswegian using an automatic measurement algorithm: Change or age-grading? in: Torgersen, E. et al. eds. Language Variation - European Perspectives V. John Benjamins, pp. 225-238. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/silv.17.
Falk, S. and Rathcke, T. (2011). The Speech-To-Song Illusion Revisited. in: Debowska-Kozłowska, K. and Dziubalska-Kołaczyk, K. eds. On Words and Sounds. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 1-26. Available at: http://www.cambridgescholars.com/on-words-and-sounds-16.
Edited journal
Smith, R. et al. (2014). Communicative Rhythms in Brain and Behaviour Smith, R. et al. eds. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (Special Issue) [Special Issue of Philosophical Transactions B, volume 369, issue 1658] 369:20130389-20130398. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2013.0389.
Conference or workshop item
Rathcke, T., Chevalier, F. and Stuart-Smith, J. (2016). What is the fate of Scottish Vowel Length Rule in Glasgow? in: Phonetik & Phonologie im deutschsprachigen Raum.
Bockelmann, J. et al. (2016). Opa vs Oper: Neutralization of /ɐ/ and unstressed /a/ contrast in a perception and production study. in: Phonetik & Phonologie im deutschsprachigen Raum.. Available at: http://www.phonetik.uni-muenchen.de/institut/veranstaltungen/pundp12/downloads/PundP12_Book_of_Abstracts.pdf.
Hiroyuki, T. and Rathcke, T. (2016). Then, What is Charisma? The Role of Audio-visual Prosody in L1 and L2 Political Speeches. in: Phonetik & Phonologie im deutschsprachigen Raum.
Arvaniti, A. and Rathcke, T. (2015). The role of stress in syllable monitoring. in: 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. London: International Phonetic Association. Available at: http://www.icphs2015.info/pdfs/Papers/ICPHS0635.pdf.
Rathcke, T. and Smith, R. (2015). Rhythm class perception by expert phoneticians. in: 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. London: International Phonetic Association. Available at: http://www.icphs2015.info/pdfs/Papers/ICPHS0403.pdf.
Rathcke, T. and Smith, R. (2011). Exploring Timing in Accents of British English. in: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Phonetic Sciences. pp. 1666-1669. Available at: https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/icphs/icphs2011.
Stuart-Smith, J. et al. (2011). Responding to Accents after Experiencing Interactive or Mediated Speech. in: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Phonetic Sciences. pp. 1914-1917. Available at: https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/icphs/icphs2011.
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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.

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English Language & Linguistics, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 29/08/2017