Dr Brechtje Post
Brechtje Post is a Reader in Experimental Phonology.
Brechtje Post's academic interests include:
- Phonetics and phonology
- Prosody and intonation
- Acquisition of prosody
- Cognitive and neural processing of speech prosody.
- MA in French Literature and Linguistics.
- MA in English Literature and Linguistics.
- PhD in Linguistics.
Brechtje's research centres on how linguistic systems exploit speech sounds to convey different types of meaning. Her focus is primarily on prosody: intonation, accentuation, rhythm, and phrasing.
Drawing on a variety of disciplines (phonetics, phonology, psycholinguistics, cognitive neuroscience, and computational linguistics), this research addresses questions like:
- How do prosodic structures differ cross-linguistically, and how do linguistic systems constrain prosodic structure?
- What cross-linguistic variation can we expect to observe in the phonetic realisation of prosodic structure?
- What are the neural and cognitive underpinnings of prosody?
- How do children acquire the relevant mappings between phonetics, phonology, and other parts of the linguistic system that are at play?
- What role does prosody play in language learning in early and late bilinguals?
Current research includes an international collaboration investigating the acquisition of timing in child speech (British Academy/Leverhulme), the English Profile Pronunciation Project with Cambridge ESOL, Empirical Foundations of Linguistics (Agence Nationale de la Recherche), and Neural Correlates of Intonation (Cambridge Humanities Research Grant).