School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Kathleen McCarthy, PhD (UCL)


Lecturer in Linguistics

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 7557
Room Number: ArtsOne 1.13A
Office Hours: Semester A 2019: Monday 10-11am & 3-4pm


Research Interests:

  • early phonological acquisition
  • first and second language acquisition
  • speech perception and production
  • bilingualism
  • acoustic-phonetics


McCarthy, K.M., Skoruppa, K., & Iverson, P. (2019). Development of neural perceptual vowel spaces during the first year of life. Scientific Reports 9: 19592.

McCarthy, K.M. & Evans, B. G (2019). The perception of familiar and unfamiliar accents by bilingual and monolingual children. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 2203-2207.

Oxbury, R. & McCarthy, K.M. (2019). Acquiring a multiethnolect: the production of diphthongs by children and adolescents in West London. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 2208-2212.

Sharma, D. & McCarthy, K. M. (2018). Attentional load and style control. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics, 24(2), 127-136.

McCarthy, K. M., Rosen, S., Mahon M., & Evans, B. G. (2014). Speech perception and production by sequential bilingual children: a longitudinal study of VOT acquisition. Child Development, 85(5), 1965-1980.

McCarthy, KM., Evans, B.G., & Mahon, M., (2013). Acquiring a second language in an immigrant community: the production of Sylheti and English stops and vowels by London Bengali speakers. Journal of Phonetics, 41, 344-358.

McCarthy, K. M., Evans, B.G., & Mahon, M. (2011). Detailing the phonetic environment: a sociophonetic study of the London-Bengali community. Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS), 1354-1357.

Mahon, M., Vickers, D., McCarthy, K. M., Barker, R., Merritt, R., Szagun, G., Mann, W., & Rajput, K (2011). Cochlear-implanted children from homes where English is an additional language: findings form a recent audit in one London centre. Cochlear Implants International, 12 (2) pp. 105-113.