Maria-Josep Solé


Phonetics Laboratory, English Department


Maria-Josep Solé






Professor of English Phonetics and Linguistics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.

Teaching: English Phonetics, Phonology, History of English, Research methods.

Research interests: experimental phonology, the phonetics-phonology interface, English phonetics.

Co-chair of the Workshop on Sound Change, Barcelona 2010.

Co-chair of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Barcelona 2003.



Selected publications


    •  Solé, M.J. 2014. The perception of voice-initiating gestures. Laboratory Phonology, Volume 5, Issue 1, 37-68.

    • Solé, M.J. and D. Recasens (eds.). 2012. The Initiation of Sound Change: Perception, Production and Social Factors. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
    • Solé, M.J. 2012. Natural and Unnatural Patterns of Sound Change? In Solé, M.J. and Recasens, D. (eds.). The Initiation of Sound Change: Perception, Production and Social Factors. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 123-146.

    • Ohala, J. J. & Solé, M.J. 2010. Turbulence and Phonology. In Susanne Fuchs, Martine Toda & Marzena Zygis (eds.) Turbulent sounds. An interdisciplinary guide. Berlin: Mouton deGruyter, pp. 37-97.
    • Solé, M.J., Recasens, D. & Romero, J. 2003. Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Causal Productions, Australia (CD-ROM)/ Barcelona: Futurgraphic (print proceedings).
    • Solé, M.J. 2003. Is variation encoded in phonology?. In Solé, M.J., Recasens, D. & Romero, J (eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Barcelona: Futurgraphic, pp. 289-292.
    • Solé, M.J. 2000. Assimilatory models and aerodynamic factors. Proceedings of the 5 th Speech Production Seminar. Seeon, Germany, pp. 109-112.
    • Solé, M.J. 1999. Production requirements of apical trills and assimilatory behavior. Proceedings of the XIV International Conference of Phonetic Sciences. San Francisco, pp.487-490.
    • Solé, M.J.1998. Phonological Universals: Trilling, voicing and frication. Berkeley Linguistics Society 24, 427-442.
    • Solé, M.J., Ohala, J.J. & Ying, G. 1998. Aerodynamic characteristics of trills. Proceedings of the 135th Meeting of the ICA/Acoustical Society of America, Seattle, Washington, USA, pp. 2923-2924.
    • Ohala, J.J., Solé, M.J. & Ying, G. 1998. The controversy of nasalized fricatives. Proceedings of the 135th Meeting of the ICA/Acoustical Society of America, Seattle, Washington, USA, pp. 2921-2922.
    • Solé, M.J.1995. New ways of analyzing sound change: Speech rate effects. In M. Dominicy and D. Demolin (eds.), Sound change. Thematic Issue of the Belgian Journal of Linguistics 9, pp 21- 44.
    • Solé, M.J. & Estebas, E.1995. Connected speech processes: A cross-linguistic study.Proceedings of the 4th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology. Madrid, Vol. 3, pp. 2239-2242.
    • Solé, M.J. & Estebas, E.1995. A cross-linguistic study of blending processes in connected speech. Proceedings of the XIIIth International Conference of Phonetic Sciences. Stockholm, Vol. 4, pp. 160-163.
    • Solé, M.J. 1994. Fonética Acústica, Fonología e Informática. Actas IX Jornadas Nacionales de la Sociedad Médica Española de Foniatría. Universidad de Alicante, pp. 2.1-2.28.
    • Solé, M.J. 1992. Experimental Phonology: the case of rhotacism. In W. U. Dressler, H.C. Luschützky, O. E. Pfeiffer & J. R. Rennison (eds.), Phonologica 1988, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 259-271.
    • Solé, M.J. 1991. Stress and rhythm in English. In E. Alcaraz Varó (ed.), English Language Teaching. Special Issue of Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses, Vol. 4, Alicante: Gráficas Díaz, pp. 145-162.
    • Solé, M.J. & Ohala, J.J. 1991. The phonological representation of reduced forms. ESCA Workshop on the Phonetics and Phonology of Speaking Styles: Reduction and Elaboration in Speech Communication. Barcelona, Spain, pp. 49.1- 49.5.
    • Solé, M.J. & Ohala, J. J. 1991. Differentiating between phonetic and phonological processes: the case of nasalization. Proceedings of the XIIth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Aix-en-Provence, France, pp. 110-113.
    • Solé, M.J. & Ohala, J.J. 1990. Cognitive representation and the varying pronunciation of frequently occurring expressions. Proceedings of the 1990 International Pragmatics Conference. Barcelona, pp.148.
    • Solé, M.J. 1990. Estudios sobre la percepción de la cadena hablada. In M. Turell (ed.), Nuevas Corrientes de la Lingüística Aplicada. Aplicación a la descripción del inglés. Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada, Anejo I. Madrid: SGEL, pp. 13-26.
    • Solé, M.J. 1989. Phonotactic constraints as filter of the articulatory-acoustic signal. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Suppl. 1, 86, pp. S18.


Funded Research Projects


    •   Perception and production in L2 acquisition: Phonological and lexical categories in second language learners, Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, Proyectos de I+D "Excelencia", FFI2013-46354-P. October 2014-October 2017.
    • Categorization, representation and language processing in second languages. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, FFI2010-19206.October 2010-October 2013.
    • Variability, categorization and language processing in first and second languages. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, HUM 2005-02746.October 2005-October 2009.
    • Modelling the cognitive bases of linguistic structure. Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia,  BFF 2001-2498, October 2001-October 2004.
    • Articulatory organization and sound change. Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, BFF 2000-0075-C02-01. September 2000-September 2003.
    • Research group in Phonetics. Generalitat de Catalunya, 2014 SGR 61, 2009-SGR-3, 2005SGR864, 2001SGR00425.
    • Aerodynamic conditions in speech sounds. Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, PR 2002-0167. June 2002-September 2002


Maria-Josep Solé

Dept.  Filologia Anglesa, Lletres


08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain

Fax:    34 93 581 2001