About this Fellow
Bill Hardcastle has been Emeritus Professor of Speech Sciences at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh since 2008. He obtained his PhD in Experimental Phonetics from the University of Edinburgh in 1971 and was Professor of Speech Sciences in the Linguistic Science Department at Reading University before taking up post at QMU in 1993 as Head of the Department of Speech and Language Sciences. His research is mainly in the area of clinical phonetics and his work on speech motor control has been successfully applied to the improved diagnosis and rehabilitation of a range of phonetic and phonological speech disorders. He has received major funding from the MRC, ESRC and EU and in 2006 was awarded the Lord Lloyd of Kilgerran Prize of the Foundation for Science and Technology for his contribution to the development of the technique of Electropalatography, a device for recording movements of the tongue during speech. He has served on a number of advisory Panels for research strategy including the Research Policy Advisory Committee of the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council and has been a member of two RAE Linguistic Panels. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and has received Honorary Degrees from both Edinburgh Napier and Queen Margaret Universities.
- Professor Emeritus, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
- Lecturer in Phonetics, University of Kiel, 1972 - 1974
- Professor of Speech Sciences, University of Reading, 1989 - 1993
- Research Professor and Director of Scottish Centre for Speech and Communication Science Research, Queen Margaret University, 2003
- Emeritus Professor Speech Science, Queen Margaret University, 2004
Descriptive and theoretical syntax and semantics; language documentation; Austronesian and Papuan languages; grammatical analysis within the theory of Lexical Functional Grammar
The cognitive and social foundations of rationality & language; general principles of cognition; philosophical, economic & policy implications of cognitive science.
Sign language as a model to understand human language generally: neuroimaging studies of commonalities in processing spoken & signed languages; the influence of modality of communication on language structure; sociolinguistics of Deaf communities.
The languages, religions and history of pre-Islamic Iran and Central Asia with special attention to Zoroastrianism; Ancient and Middle Iranian philology and linguistics