Dissertation Ideas Speech Language Therapy

Recent dissertation topics

A small sample of recent dissertation topics, broken down by subject:

Phonetics and Phonology

  • Variation in Voice Onset Time (VOT) on the Scottish and English Border: An Analysis of Conversational Data
  • Clicks in Chilean Spanish Conversation
  • The perception of phonological variation in the York vowel system
  • Luxembourgish-Speakers' Attitude toward Luxembourgish Dialects
  • The acquisition of geminates in Japanese
  • The sensitivity of the distinction between English restrictive and non-restrictive relative clauses for Chinese L2 learners
  • Production and perception of Smiling Voice
  • Evidential verb forms in Bulgarian
  • Negative Polarity Items in Mandarin Chinese
  • The extent of phonetic interference from Polish in English spoken by the Polish migrants living in Doncaster
  • [r] production by Iraqi Arabic speakers
  • The intonation of Punjabi English
  • Variability of formant measurements
  • Quality-sensitive accent in Tokyo Japanese
  • Coordination of phonetic and visual resources in talk-in-interaction: A study of reported speech
  • Interlanguage syllable structure: Analysing vowel epenthesis produced by native Japanese speakers
  • A study on voice onset time of Thai stop consonants produced by native Thai speakers living in the UK

Phonological Development in Childhood

  • The acquisition of geminates in Japanese
  • An assessment of standardised and spontaneous language measures in late talkers
  • The role of pre-linguistic phonetic knowledge in lexical and phonological advance
  • Exploring the role of systematization in phonological development: A dynamic systems perspective
  • American vs. British infant-directed speech: Cultural differences and developmental consequences
  • Phonological memory and langage development in late talkers: Does phonological memory provide a key link between early phonological and lexical development?


  • The sensitivity of the distinction between English restrictive and non-restrictive relative clauses for Chinese L2 learners
  • The acquisition of 'any' by Polish speakers learners of English: how the knowledge changes with proficiency
  • An assessment of standardised and spontaneous language measures in late talkers
  • Subjacency violations in second language acquisition: some evidence from Chinese Mandarin speakers of L2 English
  • L1 phonological transfer of Korean microprosody to L2 English
  • L2 acquisition of English binding anaphora by adult learners bilingual in Cantonese and Korean
  • Who did you ask me what to judge for? – The syntactic processing deficit in dyslexia and its impact on language performance
  • L1 transfer effects on native English speakers learning Modern Standard Arabic relative clauses
  • Preservation of syntax in Alzheimer's
  • Dative alternation and its acquisition by German-English bilingual and English monolingual children


  • The Only Way is Essex: a case study exploring what 'constructed reality' television programmes are doing for attitudes towards and awareness of different varieties of English in the United Kingdom
  • The perception of phonological variation in the York vowel system
  • Luxembourgish-Speakers' Attitude toward Luxembourgish Dialects
  • Language Choice and Language Use in Computer Mediated Communication: Code Switching and Script Switching in Libyan Arabic
  • Attitudes, Exposure, and the English Pronunciation of Dutch Learners
  • A regional comparison of listener perception of speaker ethnicity via the non-verbal communication of laughter
  • The current social status of T-glottalling in York English
  • Codeswitching between Mandarin and Southern Min Dialect in political discourse in Taiwan
  • A study of mid-vowels in a Lorraine village
  • The variation in Early Modern English third person singular verbal inflection
  • An analysis of non-standard periphrastic 'do' in Somerset English
  • Language attitudes in twenty-first century Wales
  • Gender in the community of practice 'University Caving Club': Phonological variation
  • The witch [i:z] watch [it] - variable tense unstressed vewels in Stoke-on-Trent
  • "Biasa jua tu orang Brunei they always say catu": Formal aspects of Brunei Malay-English language alternation in informal conversations between Bruneian students

Syntax and Semantics

  • Evidential verb forms in Bulgarian
  • Negative Polarity Items in Mandarin Chinese
  • The Tok Pisin noun phrase
  • Towards an investigation of socially-conditioned semantic variation
  • Definite article reduction in a religious community of practice
  • The definiteness effect in Chinese 'you'-existential constructions: A corpus based study
  • Topics and pronouns in the clausal left periphery in Old English
  • Scalar implicatures in polar (yes/no) questions
  • Quantification, alternative semantics and phases
  • The syntax and semantics of V2 – 'weil' in German 
  • An analysis of Chinese quantifiers 'ge', 'dou' and 'quan' and their co-occurrence
  • Distribution and licensing condititions of Negative Polarity Items in Mandarin Chinese
  • The NP/DP Distinction in Slavic: A comparative approach
  • A complex predicational analysis of the 'ba'-construction in Mandarin Chinese
  • Two types of raising in Korean
  • Serial verb constructions in Mandarin Chinese
  • From Turncoats to Backstabbers:  How headedness and word order determine the productivity of agentive and instrumental compounding in English

MSc Forensic Speech Science

  • Interpreting in Language Analysis for the Determination of Origin
  • The effects of different types of face coverings on listener perception
  • Discrimination of speakers by using formant dynamics in Malay language
  • The use of hesitation markers between native speakers and bilingual speakers of English
  • Ejective final stops as a speaker discriminant in English: Inter-speaker and Inter-dialectal variation
  • The speaker-discriminative power of co-articulation in /IV/ sequences in German
  • The discriminatory abilit of filled pauses as a parameter for speaker comparison cases
  • Electronic voice disguise: Witness anonymity
  • Lay-listener perceptions of fundamental frequency
  • Voice disguise: Cross-gender imitation in forensic cases
  • Verbal overshadowing and the effect on voice recognition: An online experiment
  • The effect of variability on the outcome of likelihood ratios
  • Assessing whether potential jurors hold unrealistic expectations about what is technically achievable in forensic speech analysis
  • Does listener age affect the ratings of guilt attributed to a suspect with a  standard or non-standard accent?
  • The effects of ANC technology in mobile phones on the speech signal
  • Of loss and gain: Investigating the effects of active noise cancellation technology on the GSM transmission of ambient noise
  • The effects of heroin on speech
  • The effects of video and voice recorders in cellular phones on vowel formants and fundamental frequency
  • Voice onset time & the realisation of /k/ in Cappadocia
  • Using /ai/ to discriminate between Derby speakers using formant dynamics in spontaneous speech
  • An overview of voice identification procedures
  • ‘Beware of the distance’:  evaluation of spectral measurements of synthetic vowels re-recorded at different distances
  • Investigating the consequences of alcohol intoxication on the acoustic properties of vowels
  • Language analysis for the determination of origin: native speakers vs. trained linguists
  • L2 style-shifting in the forensic context  by Yorkshire Asian English speakers
  • School matters: are students underperforming as earwitnesses?
  • Accent disguise: implications for forensic casework
  • Could the number of releases be used as a feature in forensic  speaker comparison?
  • Stylistic variation in West Yorkshire bilinguals: a forensic perspective
  • The effects of heroin on speech and voice quality
  • The phonetics of distress
  • Guilty accents? Effects of listener age and sex on the perceived guilt of a native and non-native suspect

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I have been a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) since 1987. I am a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association. I have worked in the states of New York, Hawaii and Florida. I am currently in New York State. I have worked in settings that include public schools, special education preschools, hospitals, adult day treatment programs, home health rehabilitation, early intervention and preschool homebased therapy. I have provided evaluation and therapy to people ranging in age from 6 months to 100 years. I have worked with a wide range of conditions and treatments including fluency, aphasia, apraxia, voice disorders, dysphagia, cleft palate, hearing impairment, articulation delay, language delay, augmentative/alternative communication, autism, and many others through the years.
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