Dr Frank Herrmann

Senior Lecturer in English Language

Qualifications

Erstes Staatsexamen, MA, PhD

Overview

I am Lecturer in English Language/Linguistics and joined the university in September 2012.

Previously I had been Teaching Associate at the Hochschule Fresenius (Hamburg), Lecturer in English Linguistics at the University of Rostock, Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University (part-time), and Teaching Assistant at the University of Sheffield. I am a member of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians (BAAP) and the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and regularly deliver papers at their international conferences.

Teaching

I have previously taught on a range of linguistics courses, including Phonetics and Phonology, Introduction to English Linguistics, Words and Meaning, Language & Gender, Acoustics and Audiology, Syntactical Analysis, Speech Processing, Introduction to Human Communication Sciences, but also Research Methods in Human Communication Sciences. Modules I have taught at Chester include:

  • EN4301 Structures of English
  • EN4303 Introduction to Language and Society
  • EN5312 Research Methods in English Language and Linguistics
  • EN5314 Roots and Development of English
  • EN5310 Accents and Dialects of English
  • EN6310 Dissertation
  • EN6312 English Phonetics and Phonology

 

Research

My main research interests are in the acoustic analysis of speech: in particular speech-motor learning (L1/L2), (a-)typical language development, and sex differences in speech production.

I am currently collaborating with Blanca Schaefer and Silke Fricke (University of Sheffield), Claudine Bowyer-Crane (University of York), Mariam Kiran (University of Bradford), and Twin Karmakharm (University of Sheffield). Our research project focusses on the development of a receptive vocabulary screener tablet application that can be used across multiple languages. Find out more on our website.

Published work

Articles and conference proceedings

Wachtlin, B., Turinsky, Y., Herrmann, F., & Schaefer, B. (2017). Phonological awareness in German-speaking preschool children with cochlear implants – 3 case examples. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 100, 198–203. doi:10.1016/j.ijporl.2017.06.031 (LINK)

Schaefer, B., Bowyer-Crane, C., Herrmann, F., & Fricke, S. (2016). Development of a tablet application for the screening of receptive vocabulary skills in multilingual children: A pilot study. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 32(2), 179-191. doi:10.1177/0265659015591634 (LINK)

Herrmann, F., Cunningham, S. P., & Whiteside, S. P. (2015). Bark and Hz scaled F2 Locus equations: Sex differences and individual differences. In The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (Ed.), Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow, United Kingdom: University of Glasgow. ISBN 978-0-85261-941-4. Paper number 351.1-5. (LINK)

Schaefer, B., Bremer, M., & Herrmann, F. (2014). Onset and phoneme awareness and its relationship to letter knowledge in German-speaking preschool children. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 66(3), 126-131. doi: 10.1159/000368228 (LINK)

Herrmann, F., Cunningham, S. P., & Whiteside, S. P. (2014). Speaker sex effects on temporal and spectro-temporal measures of speech. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 44(01), 59–74. doi:10.1017/S0025100313000315 (LINK)

Schröter, A., & Herrmann, F. (2012). Sophisticated Suspense - Fremdverstehen anhand einer graphic novel trainieren. Der Fremdsprachliche Unterricht Englisch, 117, 39–45. (LINK)

Herrmann, F., Whiteside, S. P., & Cunningham, S. (2008). An acoustic investigation into coarticulation and speech motor control: High vs. low frequency syllables. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, 4, pp. 060007–060007. doi:10.1121/1.3085742 (LINK)

Presentations

Herrmann, F., Cunningham, S. P., & Whiteside, S. P. (2015). Bark and Hz scaled F2 Locus equations: Sex differences and individual differences. Oral presentation at the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, August 2015. (LINK)

Herrmann, F. (2015). Sprucing up Moodle. Oral presentation at the Faculty of Humanities Learning and Teaching event, University of Chester, May 2015.

Herrmann, F. (2015). Acoustic analyses of speech-motor control. Invited research talk at the Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield, March 2015.

Herrmann, F., & Schaefer, B. (2015). (A-)typical language acquisition: Science matters. Invited research talk at the University of Chester’s Diversity Festival, March 2015. (LINK)

Herrmann, F. (2013). Learning and Teaching with the iPad. Invited talk at the Faculty of Humanities Learning and Teaching event, University of Chester, April 2013.

Herrmann, F. (2012). PRAAT – objektiv, ökonomisch, praxisrelevant? Invited talk at the 5. Praxistag Logopädie, Hochschule Fresenius, April 2012. (LINK)

Herrmann, F., Cunningham, S. P., & Whiteside, S. P. (2012). Long-term speech-motor learning. Poster presentation at the BAAP 2012 Colloquium, Leeds, March 2012.

Herrmann, F., Cunningham, S. P., & Whiteside, S. P. (2010). Syllable frequency effects on coarticulation and short-term motor learning. Oral presentation at the BAAP 2010 Colloquium, London, March 2010.

Herrmann, F., Whiteside, S.P., & Cunningham, S.P. (2008). An acoustic investigation into coarticulation and speech motor control: High vs. low frequency syllables. Poster presented at the 155th ASA meeting, Paris, July 2008.

Herrmann, F., Whiteside, S., & Cunningham, S. P. (2008). An acoustic investigation into coarticulation and speech motor control. Oral presentation at the BAAP 2008 Colloquium, Sheffield, April 2008.

Herrmann, F. (2005). Acoustic phonetics as an interdisciplinary field. Oral presentation at The Practical Side of Phonetics: A Hands-on-Science Colloquium, Rostock, Germany, July 2005.