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Dr Rachael-Anne Knight

Associate Dean for Education Technology and Innovation & Associate Professor of Phonetics

School of Health Sciences, Division of Language & Communication Science

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Rachael-Anne is a phonetician with interests in prosody, psycholinguistics and pedagogy. She joined City University London in 2005 after studying at Roehampton, UCL and the University of Cambridge.

Rachael-Anne completed a BA at the University of Roehampton, where she fell in love with linguistics and went on to study for an MSc in Speech and Hearing Sciences at UCL. After a brief period as a research assistant working with prosody in speech synthesis she moved to the University of Cambridge, to complete a PhD in phonetics. Rachael-Anne joined City University London in 2005. Her main areas of research involve intonation, rhythm, rhotics, clinical phonetics and accent perception.


Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; PhD; MSc; BA


- Winner - School of Health Sciences Student Voice Award 2011-12, Sustained Excellence Award 2013-14, University Education Excellence Award, 2012-13.

Administrative roles

- Chair of the School of Health Sciences Learning and Teaching Committee
- Editorial board of Journal of the International Phonetics Association (2007 -)
- External examiner, University College London (2008-13, and 2015- present)
-External Examiner Manchester Metropolitan University (2015-present)
- Reviewer for e.g. Journal of Phonetics, Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, Journal of Pragmatics, Slovo a slovesnost,  Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, Phonetica, English Language and Linguistics.

Memberships of professional bodies

- Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Research overview

Rachael-Anne has broad interests in phonetics, clinical phonetics and phonetics related pedagogy.  For example, she is interested in the production and perception of 'r'-sounds in English, how best to classify presenations of speech sound disorders, and how to best model the phonetic transcription process.

Research areas

- Phonetics - intonation; rhythm, rhotics, accent perception; clinical phonetics
- Pedagogy - influences on phonetic transcription accuracy


- Nuffield Foundation, Co-investigator with Dr. Rachel Smith (PI), £7,500, 'Perceptual learning about word boundaries in familiar and unfamiliar accents' (2008)

- Economic and Social Research Council ( ESRC) ' Acquisition of Standard British English Rhotics' (2006)

Completed research

- Nuffield Foundation, Co-investigator with Dr. Rachel Smith (PI), £7,500, 'Perceptual learning about word boundaries in familiar and unfamiliar accents' (2008)
- Economic and Social Research Council ( ESRC) 'Acquisition of Standard British English Rhotics' (2006)

Principal collaborators

- Mark J. Jones
- Lucy Dipper
- Madeline Cruice
- Rachel Smith
- Nicole Whitworth

Research Students

Husen Owaida

Thesis title: Speech sound development of Syrian Arabic

Anne Zimmer-Stahl

Thesis title: Intonation in Aphasia

Mariam Khater

Thesis title: Non-word repetition in Arabic

Ioanna Georgiadou

Thesis title: Rhythm of children with SLI


Books (3)

  1. Knight, R. (2014). Methods in Teaching Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics. Whitworth, N. (Ed.), j&R Press. ISBN 978-1-907826-19-1.
  2. Jones, M.J. and Knight, R.-.A. (2013). Bloomsbury Companion to Phonetics. Knight, R.-.A. and Jones, M.J. (Eds.), Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-1-4411-4606-9.
  3. Knight, R. Phonetics a Coursebook. CUP.


  1. Knight, R. and Nolan, F. (2004). The realisation of intonational plateaux: Effects of foot structure. Cambridge occasional papers in linguistics (pp. 157–164).

Conference papers and proceedings (4)

  1. Knight, R. (2009). Feeling confident about transcription (?): A student survey concerning numbers of repetitions and new voices. Phonetics Teaching and Learning Conference University College London.
  2. Knight, R., Villafana Dalcher, C. and Jones, M.J. (2007). A real-time case study of rhotic acquisition in Southern British English.
  3. Knight, R. (2002). The influence of pitch span on intonational plateaux. Aix-en-Provence, France.
  4. Knight, R., Villafana Dalcher, C. and Jones, M.J. Cue switching in the perception of approximants: evidence from two English dialects'.

Journal articles (18)

  1. Saunder, L. and Knight, R.-.A. (2017). CitySCaPE: Moving beyond indifference in education for pre-registration nurses about learning disability. Nurse Education in Practice, 26, pp. 82–88. doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2017.07.008.
  2. Hrastelj, L. and Knight, R.A. (2017). Ingressive speech errors: a service evaluation of speech-sound therapy in a child aged 4;6. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 52(4), pp. 479–488. doi:10.1111/1460-6984.12287.
  3. Brook, J., Salmon, D. and Knight, R.A. (2017). Preparing the sexual health workforce to deliver integrated services: Is education the answer? A qualitative study exploring the impact of sexual health education on developing integrated policy and practice. Primary Health Care Research and Development, 18(3), pp. 270–281. doi:10.1017/S1463423617000123.
  4. Knight, R.A., Dipper, L. and Cruice, M. (2016). Viva survivors – the effect of peer-mentoring on pre-viva anxiety in early-years students. Studies in Higher Education pp. 1–10. doi:10.1080/03075079.2016.1161018.
  5. Knight, R.A. and Botting, N. (2016). Organising undergraduate research projects: student-led and academic-led models. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 8(4), pp. 455–468. doi:10.1108/JARHE-07-2015-0054.
  6. Knight, R.A., Kurtz, S. and Georgiadou, I. (2015). Speech production in children with Down's syndrome: The effects of reading, naming and imitation. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 29(8-10), pp. 598–612. doi:10.3109/02699206.2015.1019006.
  7. Smith, R., Holmes-Elliott, S., Pettinato, M. and Knight, R.A. (2014). Cross-accent intelligibility of speech in noise: Long-term familiarity and short-term familiarization. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67(3), pp. 590–608. doi:10.1080/17470218.2013.822009.
  8. Knight, R. (2014). Reflections on a ‘sustained teaching excellence’ award. Learning at City Journal, 4(2), pp. 50–52.
  9. Knight, R.A., Dipper, L. and Cruice, M. (2013). The use of video in addressing anxiety prior to viva voce exams. British Journal of Educational Technology, 44(6). doi:10.1111/bjet.12090.
  10. Waring, R. and Knight, R. (2013). How should children with speech sound disorders be classified? A review and critical evaluation of current classification systems. Int J Lang Commun Disord, 48(1), pp. 25–40. doi:10.1111/j.1460-6984.2012.00195.x.
  11. Knight, R.A. (2011). Assessing the temporal reliability of rhythm metrics. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 41(3), pp. 271–281. doi:10.1017/S0025100311000326.
  12. Knight, R.A. (2010). Transcribing nonsense words: The effect of numbers of voices and repetitions. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 24(6), pp. 473–484. doi:10.3109/02699200903491267.
  13. Knight, R. (2010). The shape of nuclear falls and their effect on the perception of pitch and prominence: peaks vs. plateaux. Language and Speech, 51(3), pp. 223–244.
  14. Knight, R. (2010). Sounds for study: Speech and language therapy students' use and perception of exercise podcasts for phonetics. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 22(3).
  15. Knight, R.-.A. and Cocks, N. (2007). Rhythm in the speech of a person with right hemisphere damage: Applying the pairwise variability index. Advances in Speech Language Pathology, 9(3), pp. 256–264.
  16. Knight, R.-.A. and Nolan, F. (2006). The effect of pitch span on intonational plateaux. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 36(1), pp. 21–38.
  17. Castick, S., Knight, R. and Sell, D. Perceptual judgements of resonance, nasal airflow, understandability and acceptability in speakers with cleft palate: ordinal versus visual analogue scaling. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal.
  18. Knight, R., Bandali, C., Woodhead, C. and Vansadia, P. Clinicians’ views of the training, use and maintenance of phonetic transcription in speech and language therapy. Internationall Journal of Language and Communication Disorders.


  1. Brook, J., Salmon, , Knight, R.A. and Seal, J. (2015). Sexual Health Education: an evaluation of the Northumbria Integrated Sexual Health Education (NISHE) Workforce Development Package delivered by UWE, Bristol. UWE, Bristol. ISBN 978-1-86043-525-6.


Educational Leadership

Associate Dean Education (Technology and Innovation)

Undergraduate modules

SL1001 - hearing and speech sciences (phonetics)
SL1005 - language sciences (phonology, module leader)
SL2001 - hearing and speech sciences (clinical phonetics, module leader)
SL3007 - research and evidence based practice (dissertation skills, module leader) HC2003 - sociolinguistics (module leader)

Other teaching expertise

History of the English Language, psycholinguistics, syntax, morphology