Queen Margaret University

Clinical application of speech science


The Department of Speech and Language Sciences has significantly enhanced diagnosis and therapy for people with speech disabilities and has gained an international reputation for its specialised training. The Department has developed innovative procedures including electropalatography, a computerised technique that provides a safe and convenient way to record the tongue’s actions during speech, as well as the Vocal Profile Analysis Scheme which provides a framework for assessing voice quality. These research tools have been adopted in a range of disciplines including sociolinguistics, forensic phonetics, psychology and drama.