Dr Laurence White

Dr Laurence White

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)


Lecturer in Psychology


BA in Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
MPhil in Computer Speech and Language Processing, University of Cambridge
PhD in Linguistics, University of Edinburgh

Professional membership

Experimental Psychology Society
British Association of Academic Phoneticians

Research interests

For links to academic and informal publications, please see the Psychoprosody site.

Key publications are highlighted

Floccia C, Sambrook TD, Delle Luche C, Kwok R, Goslin J, White L, Cattani A, Sullivan E, Abbot-Smith K & Krott A 2017 'Vocabulary of 2-Year-Olds Learning English and an Additional Language: Norms and Effects of Linguistic Distance' Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development PEARL
Floccia C, Keren-Portnoy T, DePaolis R, Duffy H, Delle Luche C, Durrant S, White L, Goslin J & Vihman M 2016 'British English infants segment words only with exaggerated infant-directed speech stimuli' Cognition 148, 1-9 , DOI PEARL
White L, Mattys SL, Stefansdottir L & Jones V 2015 'Beating the bounds: Localized timing cues to word segmentation' The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 138, (2) 1214-1220 , DOI PEARL
Adelman JS, Johnson RL, McCormick SF, McKague M, Kinoshita S, Bowers JS, Perry JR, Lupker SJ, Forster KI & Cortese MJ 2014 'A behavioral database for masked form priming' Behavior Research Methods 46, (4) 1052-1067 Author Site , DOI PEARL
White L 2014 'Communicative function and prosodic form in speech timing' Speech Communication 63-64, 38-54 PEARL
White L, Floccia C, Goslin J & Butler J 2014 'Utterance-Final Lengthening Is Predictive of Infants' Discrimination of English Accents' Language Learning 64, 27-44 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Monaghan P, White L & Merkx MM 2013 'Disambiguating durational cues for speech segmentation' JOURNAL OF THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA 134, (1) EL45-EL51 Author Site , DOI
White L, Mattys SL & Wiget L 2012 'Language categorization by adults is based on sensitivity to durational cues, not rhythm class' Journal of Memory and Language 66, 665-679
White L, Mattys SL & Wiget L 2012 'Segmentation cues in spontaneous speech: Robust semantics and fragile phonotactics' Frontiers in Cognition 3,
White L & Turk AE 2010 'English words on the Procrustean bed: Polysyllabic shortening reconsidered' JOURNAL OF PHONETICS 38, (3) 459-471 Author Site , DOI
Wiget L, White L, Schuppler B, Grenon I, Rauch O & Mattys SL 2010 'How stable are acoustic metrics of contrastive speech rhythm?' J Acoust Soc Am 127, (3) 1559-1569 Author Site , DOI
White L, Melhorn JF & Mattys SL 2010 'Segmentation by lexical subtraction in Hungarian speakers of second-language English' Q J Exp Psychol (Hove) 63, (3) 544-554 Author Site , DOI
Liss JM, White L, Mattys SL, Lansford K, Lotto AJ, Spitzer SM & Caviness JN 2009 'Quantifying Speech Rhythm Abnormalities in the Dysarthrias' JOURNAL OF SPEECH LANGUAGE AND HEARING RESEARCH 52, (5) 1334-1352 , DOI
Ladd DR, Schepman A, White L, Quarmby LM & Stackhouse R 2009 'Structural and dialectal effects on pitch peak alignment in two varieties of British English' JOURNAL OF PHONETICS 37, (2) 145-161 Author Site , DOI
White L & Mattys SL 2007 'Calibrating rhythm: First language and second language studies' JOURNAL OF PHONETICS 35, (4) 501-522 Author Site , DOI
Mattys SL, Melhorn JF & White L 2007 'Effects of syntactic expectations on speech segmentation' J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform 33, (4) 960-977 Author Site , DOI
Liss J, Spitzer S, Lansford K, Choe Y, Kennerley K, Mattys S, White L & Caviness J 2007 'Quantifying speech rhythm deficits in dysarthria' The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 121, (5) 3134-3135 , DOI
Mattys SL, White L & Melhorn JF 2005 'Integration of multiple speech segmentation cues: a hierarchical framework' J Exp Psychol Gen 134, (4) 477-500 Author Site , DOI
Turk AE & White L 1999 'Structural influences on accentual lengthening in English' JOURNAL OF PHONETICS 27, (2) 171-206 Author Site , DOI
Foster JC, McInnes FR, Jack MA, Love S, Dutton RT, Nairn IA & White LS 1998 'An experimental evaluation of preferences for data entry method in automated telephone services' BEHAVIOUR & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 17, (2) 82-92 Author Site , DOI
Palmer SD, Hudson J, White L & Mattys SL 0 'Lexical knowledge boosts statistically-driven speech segmentation' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition PEARL
White L, Liss JM & Dellwo V 2011 'Assessment of rhythm' in Lowit A; Kent R Assessment of Motor Speech Disorders Plural Pub Inc 213-252 Publisher Site
White L, Payne E & Mattys SL 2009 'Rhythmic and prosodic contrast in Venetan and Sicilian Italian' in Vigário MC; Frota S; Freitas MJ Phonetics and phonology: Interactions and interrelations John Benjamins Publishing Company 137-158 Publisher Site
Grenon I & White L 2008 'Acquiring rhythm: A comparison of L1 and L2 speakers of Canadian English and Japanese' in Chan H; Jacob H; Kapia E Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development 155-166 Publisher Site
White L & Mattys SL 2007 'Rhythmic typology and variation in first and second languages' in Prieto P; Mascaró J; Solé M-J Segmental and prosodic issues in romance phonology John Benjamins Publishing Company 237-257 Publisher Site
Conference Papers
Torre I, White L & Goslin J 2016 'Behavioural mediation of prosodic cues to implicit judgements of trustworthiness' 816-820
White L, Luche CD & Floccia C 2016 'Five-month-old infants’ discrimination of unfamiliar languages does not accord with “rhythm class”' 567-571
Morris-Haynes R, White L & Mattys SL 2016 'Listeners’ discrimination of read and spontaneous speech is primed by performance of a prior speech production task' 232-236
White L, Mattys SL, Stefansdottir L & Jones V 2014 'Lengthened consonants are interpreted as word-initial' Campbell N; Gibbon D; Hirst D VIIth International Conference on Speech Prosody Dublin 477-481
White L, Wiget L, Rauch O & Mattys SL 2010 'Segmentation cues in spontaneous and read speech' Fifth Conference on Speech Prosody Chicago 1-4
White L & Mády K 2008 'The long and the short and the final: Phonological vowel length and prosodic timing in Hungarian' Barbosa PA; Madureira S; Reis C Fourth Conference on Speech Prosody Campinas 363-366
White L, Mattys SL, Series L & Gage S 2007 'Rhythm metrics predict rhythmic discrimination' Trouvain J; Barry WJ International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences Saarbrücken 1009-1012
Turk AE & White L 1997 'The domain of accentual lengthening in Scottish English' Eurospeech '97: Fifth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology 795-798
White L & Turk AE 1996 'The domain of the durational effects of accent in Scottish English' Institute of Acoustics Autumn Conference: Speech and Hearing '96 171-178
McInnes FR, White L, Foster JC & Jack MA 1995 'An automated style checker for human-computer dialogue engineering' ESCA Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems Vigso 149-152