Emily Lindsay-Smith

Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher, working primarily on the EPSRC-funded Pertinacity grant (2022-2027). I am responsible for the computational strand of the project.

I am primarily interested in how words are structured, how they are processed in the brain and how they can be recognised by computers. In particular, I am interested in:

  • Speech Recognition
  • Stress and metrical structures
  • Analogical Change
  • Affixation and cliticisation
  • Morphological and phonological processing

Previously, I worked at the Surrey Morphology Group as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow researching typological patterns in analogy. I have also worked as an Outreach Officer and Departmental Lecturer in Phonology at the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, responsible for graduate lectures in Phonology, Psycholinguistics and Historical Linguistics, as well as undergraduate Dynamic Phonetics.

I completed my DPhil in 2021 on the phonological typology of sixteen modern Arabic varieties, looking at their syllable structure, stress and affixation. My interest (and proficiency) in Arabic comes from my undergraduate degree in Oriental Studies (Arabic with Turkish) that I completed at Oxford before undertaking my MPhil here in the Faculty of Linguistics.


Lindsay-Smith, Emily (2024). Affix not clitic-based vowel shortening in Modern Arabic Varieties. ​Transactions of the Philological Society. DOI:10.1111/1467-968X.12287

Lindsay-Smith, Emily, Baerman, Matthew, Beniamine, Sacha, Sims-Williams, Helen and Erich Round (2024). Analogy in Inflection. Annual Review of Linguistics 10:211-31. DOI:10.1146/annurev-linguistics-030521-040935


Round, Erich, Mann, Stephen, Beniamine, Sacha, Lindsay-Smith, Emily, Esher, Louise, and Matt Spike (2022). Cognition and the stability of evolving complex morphology: an agent-based model. Proceedings of the Joint Conference on Language Evolution (JCoLE), Kanazawa, Japan.