Dr Jason Shaw

Adjunct ResearcherJason Shaw

Research Program: Speech and Language


Dr Jason Shaw was a Lecturer in LInguistics at Western Sydney starting in 2010 and continued as Senior Lecturer until 2016. His primary affiliation is now at Yale University, but he continues to hold an adjunct Associate Professor position at Western Sydney. He obtained his BA in Linguistics at the University of Southern California and his PhD also in Linguistics at New York University. His research investigates how phonological form structures natural variation in speech and how this variation is interpreted by listeners. His approach combines language description with formal computational models and experimental methods that capture the temporal unfolding of speech planning, production, and perception. Experimental methods include eye-tracking in speech perception experiments and Electromagnetic Articulography (EMA) and ultrasound in speech production experiments.

Research Interests

How we know who is talking: talker-distinctiveness in speech timing

The goal of the project is to understand the cognitive mechanisms that underpin the human ability to recognise both words and talkers in speech. The project will produce a pan-Australian model of speech timing and employ it to predict how easily talkers can recognise each other.

Funding source: Australian Research Council, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. Project period: 2012 – 2015

You came TO DIE?! Perceptual adaptation to regional accents as a new lens on the puzzle of spoken word recognition

Investigating Australian, New Zealand and UK listeners adaptation to each others accents will reveal how we achieve stable word recognition via flexible adjustment to pronunciation differences. Results will inform word recognition theory and illuminate why unfamiliar accents are difficult for language learners and automatic speech recognisers.

Funding source: Australian Research Council, Discovery Project. Project period: 2012 – 2015

Qualifications and Honours

  • Ph.D., Dept. of Linguistics, New York University
  • BA, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Southern California
  • MA New York University


Convener, Linguistics Major, School of Humanities and Communication Arts


For a full listing of my publications, please see my Western Sydney University profile page. (opens in a new window)