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Professor Felicity Cox (FAHA) is a member of the Centre for Language Sciences in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University. In 2018 she was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship for the project Multicultural Australian English: The New Voice of Sydney and an ARC Discovery project grant with Professor Jonathan Harrington (IPS Munich) for the project Child Language, Community Diversity and the Emergence of Sound Change. She is a member of a team of researchers from five universities who were awarded an ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities grant in 2019 for the project AusKidTalk: An Australian Children's Speech Corpus. She is regarded as one of the foremost authorities on the Australian English accent and has published extensively on the phonetic characteristics of the variety with a particular focus on its history, evolution and variation. Her main research interests include the phonetic and phonological analysis of sound change, the acquisition of phonology, and sociophonetics. She is the President of the Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.

Research student supervision

Professor Cox is available to supervise research students with an interest in phonetics/sociophonetics. 

Recent PhD student completions include:

  • Joshua Penney, PhD Linguistics 2020 – Awarded Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence: Glottalisation as a cue to coda consonant voicing in Australian English (with co-supervisor Dr Anita Szakay)
  • Tünde Szalay, PhD Linguistics 2020: Production and perception of lateral-final rimes in Australian English (with co-supervisors Dr Michael Proctor and Dr Titia Benders)
  • Louise Ratko, PhD Linguistics 2021Australian English Articulatory Vowel Space (with co-supervisor Dr Michael Proctor)
  • Hannah White, PhD Linguistics 2023: Creaky Voice in Australian English (with co-supervisors Dr Anita Szakay, Dr Joshua Penney, Dr Andy Gibson)


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