Dr Patricia Ashby

Emeritus Fellow

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I am an Emeritus Fellow to the University of Westminster and a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I was educated first at the University of London Goldsmith's College School of Art (where I followed a pre-diploma course in fine art and art history) then at the University of Lancaster (where I studied for a BA in English) and at UCL (where, as a postgraduate student, I completed an MA and then a PhD, both in phonetics). I joined the University of Westminster staff in 1975 as a Visiting Lecturer when the University was still the Polytechnic of Central London, becoming a Principal Lecturer (in phonetics and phonology) in 1988. I held a full-time permanent post at the University of Westminster from 1982 until my retirement in 2011.

I was a founder member of the University Council for General and Applied Linguistics.

I enjoy an international reputation in my field and have been an invited speaker at many national and international institutions and conferences (from the University of Leeds to the London Language Show in UK, and from Kansai Gaidai, Osaka and the University of Kochi in Japan to the Universities of Novi Sad and Belgrade in Serbia) delivering public lectures and keynote addresses.

Since retiring, I have undertaken consultancy work, participating in 2014 in a round table discussion  at the University of Helsinki, Finland of plans by the Finnish Ministry of Education & Culture to require the use of IPA notation in foreign language pedagogy in Finnish schools. I remain a Member of Council of the International Phonetic Association, for which I am also the Examinations Secretary, running the bi-annual Certificate of Proficiency in the Phonetics of English and developing learning resources for the examination page of the Association's website. I have been a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2013, and I am a member of the British Association for Academic Phoneticians. I have also recently been re-appointed as Subject Specialist to the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Awards, an appointment which lasts until 2019.

Together with colleagues from UCL and City University, I helped found and now continue to help organize the biennial PTLC - the Phonetics Teaching and Learning Conference.

In addition to teaching at the University of Westminster for over 30 years, I have taught phonetics and phonology all over the world, including Belgium, Germany, India, Poland, Spain and Japan, and the UK at the universities of Reading, Oxford and UCL.

Since retiring, in 2011, I have continued (as an Occasional Lecturer) to teach on the UCL Summer Course in English Phonetics programme where I am Director of the IPA Certificate Strand, preparing students for the IPA's Certificate of Proficiency in the Phonetics of English examination and lecturing on English intonation. I run workshops around the world on English Phonetics, the pronunciation of English, and on phonetic pedagogy.

I offer introductions to the flipped classroom, where students follow lectures as homework and undertake practical work, data analysis and typical homework-style exercises during the class contact time. Currently, I also represent the Department on visits to schools, introducing sixth formers to linguistics.

My main research interests are in the areas of phonetic pedagogy, allophonic variation in English speech, and English intonation.

My recent pedagogical research focused on the flipped classroom (where students follow lectures as homework and undertake practical work, data analysis and typical homework-style exercises during the class contact time), applying this to the teaching of linguistic phonology. In the field of phonetics, I am currently engaged in the investigation of l-vocalization (particularly in British English), and fricative articulation (especially devoicing) in English and Polish. A further research interest concerns what I am calling "written intonation", examining the ways in which authors indicate intonational characteristics in their representation of direct speech.

I am the author of a number of books on phonetics including the popular Speech Sounds, published by Routledge, and Understanding Phonetics, published originally by Hodder Education (and recently taken over by Routledge).

2017

Unruly intonation (2017)
Ashby, P. 2017. Unruly intonation. Linguistica. 56.
A Preliminary Study of Written Intonation (2017)
Ashby, P. 2017. A Preliminary Study of Written Intonation. Journal of the English Phonetic Society of Japan. 21, pp. 39-62.
Review of "Journal of Second Language Pronunciation (Editor: John M. Levis ), Amsterdam & Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins. ISSN: 2215-1931; E-ISSN: 2215-194X" (2017)
Ashby, P. 2017. Review of "Journal of Second Language Pronunciation (Editor: John M. Levis ), Amsterdam & Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins. ISSN: 2215-1931; E-ISSN: 2215-194X". Journal of the International Phonetic Association. 47 (1).

2016

Interacting with Phonetics: A Synopsis (2016)
Ashby, P. 2016. Interacting with Phonetics: A Synopsis. Journal of the Phonetic Society of Japan. 20 (3), pp. 121-123.

2011

The l-vocalisation trend in young London English speech: growing or declining? (2011)
Ashby, P. 2011. The l-vocalisation trend in young London English speech: growing or declining? Journal of the English Phonetic Society of Japan. 14.

2009

The London phonetics training of Masao Kanehiro (1883-1978) (2009)
Ashby, M.G. and Ashby, P. 2009. The London phonetics training of Masao Kanehiro (1883-1978). Journal of the English Phonetic Society of Japan. 13, pp. 21-37.

2003

Book review: J. C. CATFORD A Practical Introduction to Phonetics (2nd edn.). Oxford: Oxford University Press 2001. Pp xiii + 229. ISBN 0-19-924635-1 (2003)
Ashby, P. 2003. Book review: J. C. CATFORD A Practical Introduction to Phonetics (2nd edn.). Oxford: Oxford University Press 2001. Pp xiii + 229. ISBN 0-19-924635-1. Journal of the International Phonetic Association. 33 (1), pp. 87-88.

1994

Broad transcription in phonetic training (1994)
Ashby, M.G., Ashby, P., Baldwin, J., Holmes, F., House, J. and Maidment, J. 1994. Broad transcription in phonetic training. Speech, hearing and language: work in progress. 8.

1976

Review of C. Gussenhoven and A. Broeders, the Pronunciation of English, Wolters-Noordhoff-Longman: Groningen (1976) (1976)
Ashby, P. 1976. Review of C. Gussenhoven and A. Broeders, the Pronunciation of English, Wolters-Noordhoff-Longman: Groningen
. Journal of the International Phonetic Association. 7 (10).

2016

Interacting with Phonetics (2016)
Ashby, P. 2016. Interacting with Phonetics. 90th Anniversary Meeting of the Phonetic Society of Japan. Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan 19 to end of 20 Sep 2016
Written Intonation (2016)
Ashby, P. 2016. Written Intonation. Special Meeting of the English Phonetic Society of Japan . Senshu University, Tokyo, Japan 21 Sep 2016
Sound Foundations. What's 'General' in Applied Phonetics? (2016)
Ashby, P. 2016. Sound Foundations. What's 'General' in Applied Phonetics? Isei-Jaakkola, T. (ed.) ISAPh 2016: The first International Symposium on Applied Phonetics. Chuba University, Nagoya, Japan. 25 to end of 28 Mar 2016 ISCA.

2013

The ‘IPA Exam’: certificate of proficiency in the phonetics of… (2013)
Ashby, P. 2013. The ‘IPA Exam’: certificate of proficiency in the phonetics of…. The Phonetics Teaching and Learning Conference – PTLC 2013. UCL, London, UK August 2013

2011

The flipped lecture: a pre-vodcasting trial (2011)
Ashby, P. 2011. The flipped lecture: a pre-vodcasting trial. The Phonetics Teaching and Learning Conference – PTLC 2011. UCL, London, UK 2011

2009

Assessing intonation (2009)
Ashby, P. and Taniguchi, M. 2009. Assessing intonation. Proceedings of the Phonetics Teaching and Learning Conference: PTLC 2009. London, UK 06 - 08 Aug 2009 PTLC.

2007

Investing in Ear-training (2007)
Ashby, P. 2007. Investing in Ear-training. Proceedings of the Phonetics Teaching and Learning Conference: PTLC 2007. London, UK 24-26 Aug 2007 PTLC.
Fieldwork for success (2007)
Ashby, P. 2007. Fieldwork for success. Proceedings of the Phonetics Teaching and Learning Conference: PTLC 2007. London, UK 24-26 Aug 2007 PTLC.

2005

Working with phonetics (2005)
Ashby, P., Valentine, S. and Olausson, L. 2005. Working with phonetics. Phonetics Teaching and Learning Conference: PTLC 2005. London, UK 27-30 Jul 2005
Discovering phonetics: learning through fieldwork (2005)
Ashby, P., Manamperi, A. and Youens, M. 2005. Discovering phonetics: learning through fieldwork. Phonetics Teaching and Learning Conference: PTLC 2005. London, UK 27-30 Jul 2005
Phonetics in pedagogy: where do we draw the line? (2005)
Ashby, P. 2005. Phonetics in pedagogy: where do we draw the line? 10th Annual Conference of the English Phonetic Society of Japan. Kochi, Japan 05-06 Nov 2005

2015

Phonetics (2015)
Ashby, P. 2015. Phonetics. in: Braber, N., Cummings, L. and Morrish, L. (ed.) Exploring Language and Linguistics Cambridge, UK Cambridge University Press. pp. 26-55
Phonetics (2015)
Ashby, P. 2015. Phonetics. in: Braber, N., Cummings, L. and Morrish, L. (ed.) Exploring language and linguistics Cambridge Cambridge University Press. pp. 24-55

2013

Phonetic pedagogy (2013)
Ashby, P. and Ashby, M.G. 2013. Phonetic pedagogy. in: Jones, M.J. and Knight, R.A. (ed.) The Blooomsbury companion to phonetics London Bloomsbury. pp. 198-207
To flip or not to flip? Phonetics and phonology in the flipped classroom (2013)
Ashby, P. 2013. To flip or not to flip? Phonetics and phonology in the flipped classroom. in: Čubrović, B. and Paunović, T. (ed.) Focus on English phonetics Newcastle upon Tyne Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 165-182

2007

Phonetics ear-training: design and duration (2007)
Ashby, P. 2007. Phonetics ear-training: design and duration. in: Trouvain, J. and Barry, W. (ed.) Proceedings of the XVIth International Conference of Phonetic Sciences Saarbrucken, Germany International Conference of Phonetic Sciences. pp. 1657-1660

2005

Spelling aloud: a preliminary study in idiomatic intonation (2005)
Ashby, P. 2005. Spelling aloud: a preliminary study in idiomatic intonation. in: Windsor Lewis, J. (ed.) Studies in general and English phonetics: essays in honour of Professor J. D. O'Connor London, UK Routledge.
Phonetic pedagogy (2005)
Ashby, P. 2005. Phonetic pedagogy. in: Brown, E.K., Anderson, A., Bauer, L., Berns, M., Hirst, G. and Miller, J. (ed.) Encyclopedia of language and linguistics. 2nd edition Oxford, UK Elsevier.
Ear-training (2005)
Ashby, P. 2005. Ear-training. in: The EPSJ Practical Dictionary of English Phonetics Japan Seibido. pp. 67-69

2003

Learning cardinal vowels (2003)
Ashby, P. 2003. Learning cardinal vowels. in: Solé, M., Recasens, D. and Romero, J. (ed.) Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Barcelona, 3-9 August, 2003 Barcelona, Spain Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. pp. 3089-3092

1995

Broad transcription in phonetic training (1995)
Ashby, P., Ashby, M.G., Baldwin, J., Homes, F., House, J. and Maidment, J. 1995. Broad transcription in phonetic training. in: Elenius, K. and Branderud, P. (ed.) Proceedings of the XIIIth international congress of phonetic sciences: ICPhS 95 Stockholm, Sweden The Congress Organisers at KTH and Stockholm University.

1990

Generalisations on RP consonant clusters (1990)
Ashby, P. and Ashby, M.G. 1990. Generalisations on RP consonant clusters. in: Ramsaran, S. (ed.) Studies in the pronunciation of English: a commemorative volume in honour of A. C. Gimson London, UK Routledge.

1974

Letter writing in English (1974)
Ashby, P. 1974. Letter writing in English. in: De Moor, W. and Dekeyser, X. (ed.) A direct way to English for fifth-formers Antwerp, Belgium De Nederlandsche Boekhandel.

2011

Understanding phonetics (2011)
Ashby, P. 2011. Understanding phonetics. London Hodder Education.

2005

Speech sounds. 2nd edition (2005)
Ashby, P. 2005. Speech sounds. 2nd edition. London, UK Routledge.

1995

Speech sounds (1995)
Ashby, P. 1995. Speech sounds. London, UK Routledge.

1985

Idiomactive English (1985)
Ashby, P., Theophil, V. and Vangetel, F. 1985. Idiomactive English. Antwerp, Belgium Plantyn Publishers.

1980

The magic key, round II: teachers' book (1980)
Ashby, P. and Engels, L.K. 1980. The magic key, round II: teachers' book. Antwerp, Belgium Plantyn Publishers.

1976

The magic key, round II (1976)
Ashby, P. and Engels, L.K. 1976. The magic key, round II. Antwerp, Belgium Plantyn Publishers.

1975

The magic key, round I (1975)
Ashby, P. and Engels, L.K. 1975. The magic key, round I. Antwerp, Belgium Plantyn Publishers.

1974

An introduction to the articulation of the RP phonemes (1974)
Ashby, P. and Dekeyser, X. 1974. An introduction to the articulation of the RP phonemes. Antwerp, Belgium De Nederlandsche Boekhandel.
Spoken English: a practical workbook for speakers of Dutch (1974)
Ashby, P. 1974. Spoken English: a practical workbook for speakers of Dutch. Antwerp, Belgium De Nederlandsche Boekhandel.

2002

Phonetics in pronunciation teaching for modern foreign languages, in 'Guide to good practice for learning and teaching in languages, linguistics and area studies' (2002)
Ashby, P. 2002. Phonetics in pronunciation teaching for modern foreign languages, in 'Guide to good practice for learning and teaching in languages, linguistics and area studies'. LTSN Subject Centre for Learning and Teaching in Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies.

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