Professor Bill Wells

MA, DPhil, Dip RSA, Hon FRCSLT

Professor Bill Wells

Emeritus Professor in Human Communication Sciences

Department: Human Communication Sciences

Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Research expertise

  • Phonetics of talk-in-interaction

  • Typical and atypical speech development in children


Telephone: +44 114 222 2429


University profile


Typical and atypical speech development in children:

  • Intonation

  • Linguistic, psycholinguistic and interactional approaches

Phonetics of talk-in-interaction:

  • Turn-organisation and overlapping talk, alignment, focus

  • Turn taking by cochlear implant users

Current research projects

Overlapping talk in conversation: phonetics, phonology and interaction. Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship 2016–18. Research Associate Dr Emina Kurtić.

Meeting the challenge of simultaneous talk for cochlear implant users. Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council. 2014–15. With Professor Guy Brown (Department of Computer Science) and Dr Harriet Crook (Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust). Research associates: Dr Amy Beeston, Erica Bradley and Dr Emina Kurtić.