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Professor Felicity Cox 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 Australian Speech Science and Technology Association, and a member of the International Phonetic Association, the Association for Laboratory Phonology and the Australian Linguistic Society. 

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)

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Children's speech, community diversity and the emergence of sound change

Cox, F. & Harrington, J.


Project: Research

Sound Change in Australian English

Cox, F.

31/07/17 → …

Project: Research

Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS)

Demuth, K., Thornton, R., Crain, S., Peters, P., Cupples, L., Johnston, T., Nickels, L., McMahon, C., Johnson, M., Armstrong, B., Cox, F., Harrison, E., Mannell, R., Napier, J., Newall, P., Rieschild, V., Slatyer, H., Tent, J., Lising, L., Möllering, M., Winchester-Seeto, T., Jensen, B., Palethorpe, S. & Tesan, G.


Project: Research

  • Research Outputs

    Australian English: phonetics and phonology

    Cox, F., 2020, Australian English reimagined: structure, features and developments. Willoughby, L. & Manns, H. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 15-33 19 p. (Routledge studies in world Englishes).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Open Access
  • Articulation of vowel length contrasts in Australian English

    Ratko, L., Proctor, M. & Cox, F., 2019, Interspeech 2019: proceedings. Baixas, France: International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), p. 3312-3316 5 p. (Interspeech).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution

    Open Access
  • 16 Downloads (Pure)

    Can kiwis and koalas as cultural primes induce perceptual bias in Australian English speaking listeners?

    Walker, M., Szakay, A. & Cox, F., 9 Apr 2019, In : Laboratory phonology. 10, 1, p. 1-29 29 p., 7.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    20 Downloads (Pure)