Pauline WELBY

CNRS researcher
phonetics, prosody, phonology/orthography interaction, audiovisual speech perception, language learning


Pauline Welby is a linguist specialized in phonetics and laboratory phonology, and a tenured researcher at the Laboratoire Parole et Langage (LPL), Aix Marseille University, CNRS (UMR 7309). Since 2021 she has been a visiting researcher at the Laboratoire interdisciplinaire de recherche en éduction (LIRE), UNC.
She received a B.A. in classics from Brandeis University and an M.A. and a PhD in linguistics from the Ohio State University. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institut de la Communication Parlée/GIPSA-lab in Grenoble, France and at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland.

Pauline Welby’s current research themes include prosody and its role in language processing, the limits and contributions of the variability inherent in speech, the influence of orthography on second language learning, the relationship between audiovisual speech processing and reading ability in children, and the phonetics and phonology of the Kanak languages drehu and paicî. She is also interested in developing resources for under- (or un-) resourced languages.
She would be delighted to talk with with students and colleagues and to supervise student interns.

Latest publications

Welby, Pauline, Elsa Spinelli & Audrey Bürki. (2022). Spelling provides a precise (but sometimes misplaced) phonological target. Orthography and acoustic variability in second language word learning. Journal of Phonetics 94, 101172.

Pattamadilok, Chotiga, Pauline Welby & Michael D. Tyler. (2021). The contribution of visual articulatory gestures and orthography to speech processing: Evidence from novel word learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. Advance online publication.; hal-03189083

Bürki, Audrey*, Pauline Welby*, Mélanie Clément & Elsa Spinelli. 2019. Orthography and second language word learning: Moving beyond “friend or foe?”. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145, EL265–271 [*co-premières auteurs].

Barrault, Axel, James German, & Pauline Welby. (2022) Anticipatory marking of (non-corrective) contrastive focus by the Initial Rise in French. Speech Prosody, Lisbonne, Portugal, mai 2022, pages 357–361. doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2022-73

Barrault, Axel, Pauline Welby & James German. (2021) The perceptual relevance of the French Initial Rise in identifying the left edge of a contrastive focus. International Conference on Tone and Intonation (TAI), Sønderborg, Danemark, décembre 2021, pages 244–248. doi: 10.21437/TAI.2021-50

Torres, Catalina & Pauline Welby. (2021). Segments as carriers of prosodic information in word onsets. International Conference on Tone and Intonation (TAI), Sonderborg, Danemark, décembre 2021, pages 61–65.

Welby, Pauline & Oliver Niebuhr. 2019. “Segmental intonation” information in French fricatives. International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australie, août 2019, 5 pages.