Position/s

Academic status
Speech Pathology and Audiology

Biography

1993-2013    Foundation Professor of Communication Disorders, School of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

1993-2000 Head, Department of Speech Pathology, School of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

1988-1991 Research fellow on ANU research project "Phonetics of Australian Languages", Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

1979-1993 Lecturer in Phonetics, Department of Linguistic Science, University of Reading, Reading, UK.

1977-1978 Lecturer in General Linguistics and Phonetics, School of Speech Therapy, Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, UK.

1972-1977 Research assistant on German Research Council project "Phonetic Manifestation of Speech Styles" Institut für Phonetik, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany.

Qualifications

1998 Grad Cert Tert Ed, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

1981 Dr phil (magna cum laude) in Phonetics, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany. Thesis title: Aspects of the speech pause: phonetic correlates and communicative functions.

1976 MPhil in Phonetics and Linguistics, University of London. Thesis title: The influence of the native language on the perception of vowel quality.

1970 MA (Hons) in French and General Linguistics with Phonetics, University of Edinburgh.

Honours, awards and grants

ARC Discovery Project Grant
2005-2007 "An instrumental investigation of consonant sequences in a northern Australian language" (with J Fletcher, Uni of Melbourne)
This project investigated the consonant sounds of a northern Australian language, Bininj Gun-wok, by measuring both the acoustic speech signal and various physiological parameters, using electropalatography and aerometry.

ARC Discovery Project Grant
2007-2009 "The relationship between speech production and perception in Australian language speakers: implications for speech development and learning in Aboriginal children" (with J Fletcher, U Melbourne and M Tabain, La Trobe U)
This project is studying the potential effects of hearing loss and instruction in a foreign language (English) on the development of speech and literacy in children who speak an Australian Aboriginal language.

ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Grant
2010 "The Big Australian Speech Corpus: An audio visual speech corpus of Australian English" (with DK Burnham, UWS; FM Cox, Macquarie U; JM Fletcher, U Melbourne and many others too numerous to mention)
Contemporary speech science and technology are driven by the availability of large speech corpora. While audio databases exist for languages spoken in America, Europe and Japan, there is currently no large auditory visual database of spoken language, and certainly not one for Australian English. Here we will establish the Big Australian Speech Corpus, which will support a speech science research and development using Australian English and facilitate the development of Australian speech technology applications from automatic speech recognition and text to speech synthesis used in taxi and other ordering services, to hearing prostheses and talking head aids for learning impaired children, and a range of security and forensic applications.

Teaching interests

Phonetics and Linguistics, with specific application to: (1) Child Language acquisition (2) Language delay and disorder (3) Australian Aboriginal languages, including Aboriginal English.

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Research expertise

  • Linguistics
  • Speech pathology

Research interests

Speech and hearing in Australian Aboriginal languages.

Supervisory interests

  • Speech development, hearing and educational outcomes in Indigenous children
  • Speech production, respiration, voice and articulation

Publications

  • Butcher, A.R. (2013). Research methods in phonetic fieldwork. In MJ Jones & R-A Knight, ed. The Bloomsbury Companion to Phonetics. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 57-78.
    [Web Link]
  • Butcher, A.R. (2012). On the phonetics of long, thin phonologies. In C Donohue, S Ishihara & W Steed, ed. Quantitative approaches to problems in linguistics. Munich, Germany: LINCOM Europa, pp. 133-154.
    [Web Link]
  • Butcher, A.R. (2006). Australian Aboriginal Languages: Consonant-Salient Phonologies and the 'Place-of-Articulation Imperative' In Jonathan Harrington, Marija Tabain, ed. Speech Production: Models, Phonetic Processes, and Techniques. New York, USA: Psychology Press, pp. 187-210.
  • Tabain, M. and Beare, R. (2011). Spectral analysis of stop bursts in Pitjantjatjara. In Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Online: Conference organisers. 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Hong Kong. Aug 2011, pp. 1934-1937.
  • Wong, B., Brebner, C.M., McCormack, P. and Butcher, A. (2011). Word production inconsistency of adolescents with Singaporean-English speaking Down Syndrome aged 13-18 years. In Speech Pathology Australia National Conference Darwin June 2011. Darwin: Speech Pathology Australia. Speech Pathology Australia National Conference Darwin June 2011. Darwin.
  • Butcher, A.R. (2006). Formant frequencies of /hVd/ vowels in the speech of South Australian Females. In Proceedings of the 11th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. 11th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Auckland, New Zealand. Dec 2006, pp. 449-453.
    [Web Link]
  • Butcher, A.R. (2003). Australian Aboriginal languages : consonant salient phonologies and the 'place-of-articulation imperative' [abstract] In Palethorpe, STabain, M, ed. 6th International seminar on speech production programme and abstracts. Sydney, NSW, Australia: Macquarie University. 6th International Seminar on Speech Production. Manly, NSW. Dec 2004.
  • Butcher, A.R. (2002). Forensic phonetics: issues in speaker identification evidence. In Inaugural conference: expert evidence: causation, proof and presentation. North Ryde, NSW: International Institute of Forensic Studies. Inaugural conference: expert evidence: causation, proof and presentation. Prato, Italy. Jul 2002.
  • Fletcher, J.M. and Butcher, A.R. (2002). Vowel dispersion in two northern Australian languages: Dalabon and Bininj Gun-wok. In Bow, C., ed. 9th Australian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Australian Speech Science and Technology Association. SST 2002. Melbourne, VIC. Dec 2002, pp. 343-348.
  • Butcher, A.R. (2012). Changes in the formant frequencies of vowels in the speech of South Australian females 1945-2010. In F Cox, K Demuth, S Lin, K Miles, S Palethorpe, J Shaw & I Yuen, ed. Proceedings of the 14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Canberra, ACT: ASSTA. 14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Sydney, NSW. Dec 2012, pp. 69-72.
    [Web Link]
  • Stoakes, H., Butcher, A.R., Fletcher, J. and Tabain, M. (2012). Place or manner as perceptually salient in Yolngu Matha: A closed set 4-AFC listening task in quiet and in noise. In F Cox, K Demuth, S Lin, K Miles, S Palethorpe, J Shaw & I Yuen, ed. Proceedings of the 14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Canberra, ACT: ASSTA. 14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Sydney, NSW. Dec 2012, pp. 225-228.
    [Web Link]
  • Stoakes, H.M., Butcher, A., Fletcher, J. and Tabain, M. (2011). Long term average speech spectra in Yolngu Matha and Pitjantjatjara speaking females and males. In N. Barroso, K. López de Ipiña, A. Ezeiza, C. Hernández, N. Ezeiza, O. Barroso, U. Susperregi, S. Barroso, ed. Proceedings of Interspeech 2011: The 12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association. Florence, Italy: ISCA. The 12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association. Florence, Italy. Sep 2011, pp. 1897-1900.
  • Burnham, D., Estival, D., Fazio, S., Viethen, J., Cox, F., Dale, R., et al. (2011). Building an audio-visual corpus of Australian English: large corpus collection with an economical portable and replicable Black Box. In Piero Cosi, Renato De Mori, Giuseppe Di Fabbrizio, and Roberto Pieraccini, ed. Interspeech 2011, Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association. 12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association. Florence, Italy. Aug 2011, pp. 841-844.
    [Web Link]
  • Wagner, M., Tran, D., Togneri, R., Rose, P., Powers, D.M., Onslow, M., et al. (2010). The Big Australian Speech Corpus (The Big ASC) In Marija Tabain, Janet Fletcher, David Grayden, John Hajek and Andy Butcher, ed. Proceedings of the 13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Adelaide: Causal Productions. 13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Melbourne. Dec 2010, pp. 166-170.
    [Web Link]
  • Fletcher, J.M., Butcher, A.R., Loakes, D.E. and Stoakes, H.M. (2010). Aspects of nasal realization and the place of articulation imperative in Bininj Gun-wok. In M. Tabain, J. Fletcher, D Grayden , J Hajek & A Butcher, ed. Proceedings of the 13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Canberra: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association. 13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. La Trobe University, Melbourne. Dec 2010, pp. 78-81.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Burnham, D.K., Ambikairajah, E., Arciuli, J., Bennamoun, M., Best, C.T., Bird, S., et al. (2009). A blueprint for a comprehensive Australian English auditory-visual speech corpus. In Michael Haugh, Kate Burridge, Jean Mulder, and Pam Peters, ed. Selected proceedings of the 2008 HCSNet workshop on designing the Australian national corpus : mustering languages. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. Workshop on Designing the Australian National Corpus. UNSW, Sydney, Australia. Dec 2008, pp. 96-107.
    [Web Link]
  • Loakes, D.E., Butcher, A.R., Fletcher, J.M. and Stoakes, H. (2008). Phonetically pre-stopped laterals in Australian languages: a preliminary investigation of Warlpiri. In J Fletcher, D Loakes, R Göcke, D Burnham & M Wagner, ed. Proceedings of the 9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association. Adelaide, SA: Causal Productions [for] International Speech Communication Association. Interspeech 2008. Brisbane. Sep 2008, pp. 90-93.
  • Butcher, A.R. and Anderson, V.B. (2008). The vowels of Australian Aboriginal English. In J Fletcher, D Loakes, R Göcke, D Burnham & M Wagner, ed. Proceedings of the 9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association. USA: International Speech Communication Association. Interspeech 2008. Brisbane, QLD, Australia, pp. 347-350.
  • Fletcher, J.M., Loakes, D.E. and Butcher, A.R. (2008). Coarticulation in nasal and lateral clusters in Warlpiri. In J Fletcher, D Loakes, R Göcke, D Burnham & M Wagner, ed. Proceedings of the 9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association. Baixis, France: International Speech Communication Association. Interspeech 2008. Brisbane, QLD. Sep 2008, pp. 86-89.
  • Fletcher, J., Stoakes, H., Loakes, D. and Butcher, A.R. (2007). Spectral and durational properties of vowels in Kunwinjku. In J. TROUVAIN, W.J. BARRY, ed. Proceedings of the16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Germany: Saarland University. 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Saarbrucken. Aug 2007, pp. 937-940.
    [Web Link]
  • Stoakes, H., Fletcher, J. and Butcher, A.R. (2007). An acoustic and articulatory study of Bininj Gun-wok stop consonants. In J. TROUVAIN, W.J. BARRY, ed. Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Germany: Saarland University. 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Saarbrucken, Germany. Aug 2007, pp. 869-872.
    [Web Link]
  • Stoakes, H., Fletcher, J. and Butcher, A.R. (2006). Articulatory variability of intervocalic stop articulation in Bininj Gun-Wok. In Paul Warren and Catherine I. Watson, ed. Proceedings of the 11th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Canberra, ACT: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc. 11th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Auckland, New Zealand. Dec 2006, pp. 182-186.
    [Web Link]
  • Butcher, A.R. and Harrington, J. (2003). An acoustic and articulatory analysis of focus and the word/morpheme boundary distinction in Warlpiri. In Palethorpe S & Tabain M, ed. Proceedings of The 6th International Seminar on Speech Production. The 6th International Seminar on Speech Production. Sydney, NSW. Dec 2003, pp. 19-24.
    [Web Link]
  • Butcher, A.R. and Harrington, J. (2003). An instrumental analysis of focus and juncture in Warlpiri. In Sol' MJ, Recasens D & Romero J, ed. Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Barcelona: Causal Productions. 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences Barcelona 3-9 August 2003. Barcelona, Spain. Aug 2003, pp. 321-324.
  • Fletcher, J. and Butcher, A.R. (2003). Local and global influences on vowel formants in three Australian languages. In Sol' MJ, Recasens D & Romero J, ed. Proceedings of 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Adelaide, SA: Causal Productions Pty Ltd. 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Barcelona, Spain. Aug 2003, pp. 905-908.
  • Baker, J., Ben-Tovim, D., Butcher, A.R., Esterman, A. and McLaughlin, K. (2012). Psychosocial risk factors which may differentiate between women with functional voice disorder, organic voice disorder and a control group. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, pp. 1-17.
    [10.3109/17549507.2012.721397]
  • Tabain, M., Fletcher, J. and Butcher, A.R. (2011). An EPG study of palatal consonants in two Australian languages. Language and Speech, 54(2) pp. 265-282.
    [10.1177/0023830910397502] [Scopus]
  • Butcher, A.R. (2008). Linguistic aspects of Australian Aboriginal English. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 22(8) pp. 625-642.
    [10.1080/02699200802223535] [10.1080/02699200802223535] [Scopus]
  • Baker, J.E., Ben-Tovim, D.I., Butcher, A.R., Esterman, A.J. and McLaughlin, K.J. (2007). Development of a modified diagnostic classification system for voice disorders with inter-rater reliability study. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 32(3) pp. 99-112.
    [10.1080/14015430701431192] [10.1080/14015430701431192] [Scopus]
  • Butcher, A.R. (2004). 'Fortis/Lenis' Revisited one more time: The aerodynamics of some oral stop contrasts in three continents. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 18(6-8) pp. 547-557.
    [10.1080/02699200410001703565] [10.1080/02699200410001703565] [Scopus]
  • Butcher, A.R. and Tabain, M. (2004). On the back of the tongue: dorsal sounds in Australian languages. Phonetica, 61(1) pp. 22-52.
    [10.1159/000078661] [10.1159/000078661] [Scopus]
  • Tabain, M., Breen, G. and Butcher, A.R. (2004). VC vs CV syllables: a comparison of Aboriginal languages with English. Journal of The International Phonetic Association, 34(2) pp. 175-200.
    [10.1017/S0025100304001719]
  • Cayley, A.S., Tindall, A.P., Sampson, W.J. and Butcher, A.R. (2000). Electropalatographic and cephalometric assessment of tongue function in open bite and non-open bite subjects. European Journal of Orthodontics, 22 pp. 463-474.
  • Cayley, A.S., Tindall, A.P., Sampson, W.J. and Butcher, A.R. (2000). Electropalatographic and cephalometric assessment of myofunctional therapy in open-bite subjects. Australian Orthodontic Journal, 16(1) pp. 23-33.
  • Baker, J., Ben-Tovim, D., Butcher, A.R., Esterman, A. and McLaughlin, K. (2012). Psychosocial risk factors which may differentiate between women with functional voice disorder, organic voice disorder and a control group. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, pp. 1-17.
    [10.3109/17549507.2012.721397]
  • Tabain, M., Fletcher, J. and Butcher, A.R. (2011). An EPG study of palatal consonants in two Australian languages. Language and Speech, 54(2) pp. 265-282.
    [10.1177/0023830910397502] [Scopus]
  • Butcher, A.R. (2008). Linguistic aspects of Australian Aboriginal English. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 22(8) pp. 625-642.
    [10.1080/02699200802223535] [10.1080/02699200802223535] [Scopus]
  • Baker, J.E., Ben-Tovim, D.I., Butcher, A.R., Esterman, A.J. and McLaughlin, K.J. (2007). Development of a modified diagnostic classification system for voice disorders with inter-rater reliability study. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 32(3) pp. 99-112.
    [10.1080/14015430701431192] [10.1080/14015430701431192] [Scopus]
  • Tabain, M., Breen, G. and Butcher, A.R. (2004). VC vs CV syllables: a comparison of Aboriginal languages with English. Journal of The International Phonetic Association, 34(2) pp. 175-200.
    [10.1017/S0025100304001719]
  • Butcher, A.R. and Tabain, M. (2004). On the back of the tongue: dorsal sounds in Australian languages. Phonetica, 61(1) pp. 22-52.
    [10.1159/000078661] [10.1159/000078661] [Scopus]
  • Butcher, A.R. (2004). 'Fortis/Lenis' Revisited one more time: The aerodynamics of some oral stop contrasts in three continents. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 18(6-8) pp. 547-557.
    [10.1080/02699200410001703565] [10.1080/02699200410001703565] [Scopus]
  • Butcher, A.R. (2013). Research methods in phonetic fieldwork. In MJ Jones & R-A Knight, ed. The Bloomsbury Companion to Phonetics. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 57-78.
    [Web Link]
  • Butcher, A.R. (2012). On the phonetics of long, thin phonologies. In C Donohue, S Ishihara & W Steed, ed. Quantitative approaches to problems in linguistics. Munich, Germany: LINCOM Europa, pp. 133-154.
    [Web Link]
  • Butcher, A.R. (2006). Australian Aboriginal Languages: Consonant-Salient Phonologies and the 'Place-of-Articulation Imperative' In Jonathan Harrington, Marija Tabain, ed. Speech Production: Models, Phonetic Processes, and Techniques. New York, USA: Psychology Press, pp. 187-210.

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Subject Titles

  • English Language
  • Language/Linguistics
  • Speech

Interests

  • Australian Aboriginal Languages especially pronunciation

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