Donald Derrick

Senior Lecturer Above the BarDonald Derrick

Elsie Locke Building 221
I study influences speech production and perception from theoretical, applied, and commercial perspectives.


Research Interests

I study speech production and perception in order to identify what environmental, sensory and physical constraints on speech can enhance or interfere with speech perception.

I research how speech speech airflow contacting the skin enhances and interferes with speech perception, much as researchers have done with visual speech since the 1950s. This includes studying speech air flow production, skin respose to speech air flow touch, speech perception enhancement and interference, and brain responses from seeing, feeling, and feeling speech.

I also work on seemingly tiny constraints of speech production in order to understand when and how to account for low-level speech production variability. In so doing, I designed co-collection and co-registration of ultrasound imaging of the tongue and articulometry giving us both shape and point-tracking for the tongue. And in so doing, gained an improved understanding of the tongue's behaviour in speech in relation to gravity, speech rate, and tongue motion complexity.

My goal is to produce a multi-sensory model of speech perception that takes into account the relationship between audio, visual, and tactile speech signal strength, along with low-level speech production constraints.

Recent Publications

  • Szreder M., Derrick D. and Ben-Ammar C. (2021) Affricate variation in Emirati Arabic: An exploratory study.. In Dimitrios N; Leung TT-C (Ed.), Experimental Arabic Linguistics: 57-81.John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Szreder M. and Derrick D. (2023) Phonological conditioning of affricate variability in Emirati Arabic. Journal of the International Phonetic Association
  • Derrick D., Kabaliuk N., Longworth L., Pishyar-Dehkordi P. and Jermy M. (2022) Speech air flow with and without face masks. Scientific Reports 12(1)
  • Derrick D. and Gick B. (2021) Gait change in tongue movement. Scientific Reports 11(1)
  • Ying J., Shaw JA., Carignan C., Proctor M., Derrick D. and Best CT. (2021) Evidence for active control of tongue lateralization in Australian English /l/. Journal of Phonetics 86 101039: 1-24.