The University of Edinburgh, Linguistics and English Language
Dugald Stewart Building
Edinburgh, EH8 9AD
Hello and welcome to my website. I am a phonetician/ laboratory phonologist/ psycholinguist, and a Lecturer in Phonetics ( = Assistant Prof.) at The University of Edinburgh. Prior to this, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University where I worked in
the Prosody and Speech Dynamics Lab. I received my PhD in Linguistics from UCLA. [dissertation here]
My research deals with representations and processes in speech perception, prosody, intonation, and (primarily acoustic) phonetics. A large portion of my research examines how prosody influences spoken language processing, especially in the uptake of segmental information.
Check out the vita tab for a full list of publications and presentations.
If you are interested in pursuing a PhD with me as a supervisor, see here for more details. Prospective students are encouraged to get in touch in September to discuss their proposals.
- Out now in JIPA:
Faytak, M., & Steffman, J. (2023). Voiced aspirates with mixed voicing in Yemba, a Grassfields Bantu language of Cameroon. Journal of the International Phonetic Association.
- Out now in JASA:
Steffman, J. & Zhang, W. (2023). Vowel perception under prominence: Examining the roles of F0, duration and distributional information. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 154(4), 2594-2608. [link]
- Out now in Journal of Phonetics:
Montanari, S., Steffman, J. & Mayr, R. (2023). Stop Voicing Perception in the Societal and Heritage Language of Spanish-English Bilingual Preschoolers: The Role of Age, Input Quantity and Input Diversity. [link]
- Out now in Phonetica: Vowel-internal cues to vowel quality and prominence in speech perception. Check it out
- Out now in Laboratory Phonology: Hierarchical distinctions in the production and perception of nuclear tunes in American English. Check it out here. This interactive data visualization lets you explore some of the data in the paper.
- Out now in Language and Speech: Disentangling the Role of Biphone Probability From Neighborhood Density in the Perception of Nonwords. Check it out