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Dr Elaine Schmidt

MPhil Cantab, PhD Cantab.

Elaine Schmidt

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

email : aeis2@cam.ac.uk

External Address

Cambridge Language Sciences
University of Cambridge, UK

Profile

My research focuses on the processing of prosody in adults and children using a range of methods from purely behavioural experiments, to EEG and MEG. I am particularly interested in the processing of prosodic phrase boundaries as well as in intonational cues to sentence structure.

External Memberships

  • BAAP (British Association of Academic Phoneticians)
  • LingSoc (University of Cambridge, UK Linguistic Society)

Recent Grants Awarded

  • Macquarie University Strategic Infrastructure Scheme Grant (2016) "Future proofing Macquarie’s Speech Perception Laboratory." Benders, T., Demuth, K., Cox, F., Sharma, M., Tsukuda, K., Proctor, M., Szakay, A., Yuen, I., Xu, N., Schmidt, E., Koring, L., Ma, W., & Kung, C. ($136,000)
  • ARC CCD Neural Markers Training Scheme (2016) "The processing of commas as cues to prosodic boundaries in reading - child study." Schmidt, E., Kung, C., de Lissa, P., Demuth, K., Castles, A., Kinoshita, S., & Johnson, B. ($6,500)
  • Macquarie University Strategic Infrastructure Scheme Grant (2015) "Phonetics laboratory research facilities." Proctor, M., Cox, F., Demuth, K., Cupples, L., Harrison, E., Sharma, M., Mannell, R., Yuen, I., Xu, N., Schmidt, E., Kung, C., Nickels, L., Johnson, B., Palethorpe, S., Biedermann, B., Sowman, P., Kinoshita, S., & Tsukada, K. ($88,650)

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Schmidt, E., & Post, B. (2015). Language interaction in the development of speech rhythm in simultaneous bilinguals. In E. Delais-Roussarie, M. Avanzi, & S. Herment (Eds.), Prosody and Language in Contact (pp. 271-291). New York, USA: Springer.

Periodicals

  • Schmidt, E., & Post, B. (2015). The development of prosodic features and ambient language effects in simultaneous bilinguals. Language and Speech, 58(1), 24-47.

Published Abstracts

  • Petit, S., Badcock, N.A., Dermody, N., Yau, S., Schmidt, E., Rich, A.N., Brock, J., Nickels, L., & Woolgar, A. (In Press). Using low-cost portable neuroimaging to detect receptive language ability in children [Abstract]. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference.

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Yuen, I., Xu Rattanasone, N., Schmidt, E., Macdonald, G., Holt, R., & Demuth, K. (2016). Accentual lengthening in 5-year-old AusE-speaking children: Preliminary results. In C. Carignan, & M.D. Tyler (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (pp. 21). Sydney: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Assoc.
  • Schmidt, E., Post, B., Kung, C., Yuen, I., & Demuth, K. (2015). The effect of listener and speaker gender on the perception of rises in AusE. In The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (Ed.), Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow, UK: University of Glasgow.
  • Barker, F., Post, B., Schmidt, E., & McCarthy, M. (2012). Identifying criterial aspects of pronunciation in L2 English across CEFR levels: Implications for language learning. In J. Angouri, M. Daller, & J. Treffers-Daller (Eds.), The Impact of Applied Linguistics - Proceedings of the 44th Annual Meeting of BAAL (pp. 17-22). Bristol, UK: University of the West of England.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Petit, S., Badcock, N.A., Dermody, N., Yau, S., Schmidt, E., Rich, A., Brock, J., Nickels, N., & Woolgar, A. (2016, November). Using low-cost portable neuroimaging to detect receptive language ability in children. Paper presented at the 6th Australian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference (ACNS), Shoal Bay.
  • Woolgar, A., Petit, S., Badcock, N., Dermody, N., Yau, S., Schmidt, E., Rich, A.N., Brock, J., & Nickels, L. (2016, August). Unlocking voices: Using low-cost portable neuroimaging to detect receptive language comprehension in minimally-verbal children with autism. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Petit, S., Woolgar, A., Badcock, N.A., Demody, N., Schmidt, E., Rich, A.N., Brock, J., & Nickels, N. (2016, May). Unlocking voices: Developing a neural marker for receptive language ability in minimally-verbal children with autism. Poster session presented at the CCD Developing Mind Series: Developmental Perspectives on Language Processing Workshop, Macquarie University.
  • Schmidt, E., Kung, C., de Lissa, P., Castles, A., Kinoshita, S., Johnson, B.W., & Demuth, K. (2016, May). The use of subvocal prosody in the processing of sentences. Paper presented at the CCD Developing Mind Series: Developmental Perspectives on Language Processing Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Xu Rattanasone, N., Yuen, I., Schmidt, E., Holt, R., & Demuth, K. (2016, May). No jelly in jellybeans: 5-year-olds’ processing of compounds. Paper presented at the CCD Developing Mind Series: Developmental Perspectives on Language Processing Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Schmidt, E., & de Lissa, P. (2015, November). Challenges in the study of prosody in silent reading. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Schmidt, E., & Post, B. (2014, December). The role of phonological factors in the acquisition of rhythm in simultaneous bilinguals. Paper presented at the The Role of Prosody in Language Learning: Stress, Tone and Intonation, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Schmidt, E. (2014, October). Quantifying rhythm development, and the role of prosodic heads- and edges in rhythm acquisition of simultaneous bilinguals. Colloquium at the CLaS-CCD Research Colloquium Series, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Schmidt, E. (2014, August). The acquisition of rhythm and related phonological factors in simultaneous bilinguals. Paper presented at the CLaS-CCD Bilingualism Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Schmidt, E. (2014, June). Prosodic acquisition in simultaneous bilinguals - rhythm and contributing phonological factors. Colloquium at the Department of Linguistics: Experimental Phonetics and Phonology Cluster, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Schmidt, E. (2014, April). The development of prosodic features in simultaneous bilinguals and their relation to rhythm. Paper presented at the Meeting of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians (BAAP), Oxford, UK.
  • Schmidt, E. (2013, October). Language interaction in the development of prosody in simultaneous bilinguals. Poster session presented at the Language Sciences in the 21st century: The Interdisciplinary Challenge Workshop, Cambridge Language Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Schmidt, E. (2013, July). The impact of linguistic structure and ambient language on the development of prosody in Spanish-English simultaneous bilinguals. Paper presented at the Phonetics Phonology and Language Contact (PPLC), Paris-Sorbonne University, France.
  • Schmidt, E. (2013, June). L1 prosodic development of Spanish-English monolingual and simultaneous bilingual children. Colloquium at the Department of Linguistics: Experimental Phonetics and Phonology Cluster, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Schmidt, E. (2013, June). Effects of linguistic structure and ambient language in the prosodic development of Spanish-English simultaneous bilinguals compared to monolinguals. Paper presented at the International Child Phonology Conference, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • Schmidt, E. (2013, June). Syllable truncation at the phonetics-phonology interface in L1 acquisition: Evidence from production and perception. Poster session presented at the International Child Phonology Conference, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • Schmidt, E. (2013, June). Systemically driven differences in monolingual and bilingual prosodic development. Paper presented at the Phonetics and Phonology in Iberia Conference (PaPI 2013), University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Schmidt, E. (2013, March). Prosodic heads and edges in bilingual development. Paper presented at the Connected Speech Processes Workshop, Phonetics and Phonology Research Cluster, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Schmidt, E. (2012, July). Rhythmic development in Spanish-English simultaneous bilinguals. Paper presented at the Perspectives on Rhythm and Timing (PoRT), University of Glasgow, UK.
  • Schmidt, E. (2012, May). The role of phonological factors in rhythm development in Spanish-English simultaneous bilinguals. Paper presented at the Looking at Language Acquisition (LALA) XIII, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Schmidt, E. (2012, April). Bilingual language acquisition. Paper presented at the Jesus College Graduate Conference, Cambridge, UK.
  • Schmidt, E. (2012, April). actors determining code-switching in bilingual children. Paper presented at the Linguistics: The Language Detective, Cambridge, UK.
  • Schmidt, E. (2012, March). Development of prosody in Spanish-English bilinguals. Paper presented at the Meeting of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians (BAAP), University of Leeds, UK.
  • Schmidt, E. (2012, March). Prosodic development in Spanish-English simultaneous bilinguals. Paper presented at the Bilingual and Multilingual Interaction (BMI), Bangor, UK.
  • Schmidt, E. (2011, March). Approaches to studying the acquisition of rhythm in Spanish-English bilinguals. Paper presented at the Phonetics and Phonology Research Cluster, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Schmidt, E. (2011, March). Code-switching in bilingual children. Paper presented at the Language Detectives, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Schmidt, E. (2011, January). Approaches to studying the acquisition of rhythm in Spanish-English bilinguals. Paper presented at the Department of Linguistics: Experimental Phonetics and Phonology Cluster, University of Cambridge.

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