Professor John Laver

general phonetic theory and speech science

Elected 1990

1938
2020
1990
Linguistics

John Laver spent most of his academic career at the University of Edinburgh (1966-2001) where he gained a PhD and DLitt in Phonetics. As Professor of Phonetics he was instrumental in setting up the Centre for Speech Technology Research of which he was Director (1984-89) and then Chairman (1991-94). He served for three years as Vice-Principal for Research. From 2001 to his retirement in 2004 he was Research Professor of Speech Sciences and Vice-Principal at Queen Margaret University College (now QMU). He has honorary degrees from Sheffield, De Montfort and Queen Margaret Universities, and Trinity College, Dublin and has held honorary professorships at York and Dundee Universities. A staunch advocate of the economic, social and cultural benefits of the Humanities and of interdisciplinary research, he was the founding Chairman of the British Academy's Humanities Research Board (1994-98), and played a key role in making the case for the establishment of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1994 he was awarded the Society's Bicentenary Medal in 2004 and its Royal Medal in 2007. In 1999 he was awarded the CBE for services to Phonetics and the Humanities.

Last post

Emeritus Professor of Speech Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Past appointments

Queen Margaret University Emeritus Professor of Speech Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Jan 2004 -

Queen Margaret University Principal, Queen Margaret University College

Jan 2003 -

Queen Margaret University Principal, Queen Margaret University College

Jan 2003 -

Queen Margaret University Vice-Principal

Jan 2002 -

University of Edinburgh Vice Principal (Academic Strategy)

Jan 2002 -

Queen Margaret University Vice-Principal

Jan 2002 -

University of Edinburgh Vice Principal (Academic Strategy)

Jan 2002 -

Queen Margaret University Research Professor of Speech Sciences

Jan 2001 -

Queen Margaret University Research Professor of Speech Sciences

Jan 2001 -

University of Edinburgh Professor of Phonetics

Jan 1985 - Jan 2000

University of Edinburgh Professor of Phonetics

Jan 1985 - Jan 2000

Publications

The phonetic description of voice quality 1980

Aspects of Speech Technology 2nd edition (with Mervyn Jack) 1988

The Gift of Speech: Papers in the Analysis of Speech and Voice 1991

Principles of phonetics 1994

The Handbook of Phonetic Sciences 2nd edition (with William J. Hardcastle and Fiona E. Gibbon)

The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Speech and Language, (with R. E. Asher et al)

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