Matthew is a Lecturer in Phonetics and the SLT Admissions Lead.


Following his undergraduate training in clinical linguistics, Matthew completed a PhD in Applied Linguistics focusing on how the 'y' sound in words such as 'cute' and 'pure' (the 'post-initial jod') is distributed in English and how it is processed by English speakers in deciding on the 'Englishness' of a novel word. Having taught alongside his PhD, he became responsible for the phonetics and phonology content on Reading's Speech & Language Therapy programmes and subsequently trained as a Speech & Language Therapist in order to better contextualise his teaching. He joined UEA in 2015 while completing his MSc dissertation on stammering and dyslexia.

Teaching and Research

Matthew is convenor of the Disorders of Fluency module but teaches across the programme on topics such as voice disorders, phonological disorders, and anatomy and physiology. He is also the module convenor for the Paramedic Science module on Communication and Personal Development.

His current research interests are concerned with enhancing students' lower-order thinking skills, such as recalling, understanding, explaining. He received a student-led 'Most Innovative Teaching' award in 2016 for his use of musical parodies to teach concepts in acoustic phonetics.

In addition to being a member of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, Matthew is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians.

Other Roles

Matthew is part-time for UEA, also working as a freelance pronunciation editor for the Oxford English Dictionary. He is the voice of thousands of recordings on the OED website, and has also edited pronunciations for other Oxford University Press dictionaries. In 2016, he represented Oxford Children's Dictionaries as one of the pronunciation advisers for a television series.

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