Prof Bill Wells

Emeritus Professor in Human Communication Sciences

Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Human Communication Sciences

Research Expertise:

  • Phonetics of talk-in-interaction
  • Typical and atypical speech development in children


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Typical and atypical speech development in children:

  • intonation
  • linguistic, psycholinguistic and interactional approaches

Phonetics of talk-in-interaction:

  • turn-organisation and overlapping talk; alignment; focus
  • Turn taking by cochlear implant users

Current Research Projects:

  • Overlapping talk in conversation: phonetics, phonology and interaction. Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship 2016-18. Research Associate Dr. Emina Kurtić.
  • Meeting the challenge of simultaneous talk for cochlear implant users. Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council. 2014-15.With Professor Guy Brown, (Department of Computer Science) and Dr Harriet Crook ( Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) Research associates: Dr. Amy Beeston, Erica Bradley, Dr. Emina Kurtić.