Dr Donald Derrick- NZILBB - UC Intranet

Dr Donald Derrick

Position

Researcher/LecturerDonald Derrick

Qualifications

  • PhD (Linguistics) University of British Columbia (2011)
  • MA (Anthropology) Dalhousie University (1997)
  • BA (Anthropology) St. Mary's University (1995)

Contact

Room 221, Locke Building
Telephone: +64 3 369 5941 (direct)
Email: donald.derrick@canterbury.ac.nz

Postal address: NZILBB
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Research Interests

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Donald studies speech production and perception in order to identify the phonetic constraints on low-level speech production, and the low-level percepts that can enhance or interfere with speech perception.  One of his goals is to develop a theory of phonetic constraints on speech production that allows us to understand when and how low-level speech variability can systematize into sounds with different meanings in a language or dialect.  Currently, Donald believes that when listeners can perceive low-level speech variability, it has a chance to become meaningful in that listener’s idiolect.

So far, Donald's research has implications for speech planning, constraints on speech production, and multi-modal speech perception, including the possibility of enhancing speech perception among the hard-of-hearing.

Grants awarded

Donald Derrick, Jen Hay, Scott Lloyd and Greg O'Beirne Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment -Science and Innovation Group PHASE TWO ($1,000,000 2014-2016) Aero-tactile enhancements of speech perception

Donald Derrick Marsden Royal Society of New Zealand Grant ($345,000NZD 2013-2016) Saving energy vs making yourself understood during speech production.

Donald Derrick, Jen Hay, Scott Lloyd and Greg O'Beirne Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment -Science and Innovation Group ($481,170 2012- 2014) Aero-tactile enhancements of speech perception


  • New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour
    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800, Christchurch
    New Zealand
  • Tel: +64 3 369 5920
    nzilbb@canterbury.ac.nz
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