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Margaret E. L. Renwick

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Associate Professor
Undergraduate Coordinator

I study spoken language in order to improve our models of speech from both the speaker’s and the listener’s point of view. My research projects are rooted in the tradition of laboratory phonology, an approach which integrates experimental methods with more abstract linguistic representations of sound structure. I apply phonetic methodologies to gain insight on topics such as the nature of phonological contrast, the realization of phonological rules in everyday speech, the origins of phonological alternations, and the role of phonotactics in speech production and perception.

My recent projects include: the acoustics of speech in the Southern United States; the phonetics & phonology of vowels in Romanian; variation in the vowels of Italian and Catalan; Big Data analyses of the acoustics of (British) English consonants, in collaboration with the Phonetics Laboratory at the University of Oxford; speech rhythm.

Specific Research Areas:

Phonetics, Phonology, Laboratory Phonology, Speech Acoustics, Romance Languages, English

Events featuring Margaret E. L. Renwick
Miller Learning Center Room 245

Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Renwick will be presenting: "Mapping mid vowel variation in Italian."

Articles Featuring Margaret E. L. Renwick

This past summer, Linguistics faculty and students represented UGA at several conferences. We are excited about all of the phenomenal research taking place in the department, and we would like to take the opportunity to recognize some of the projects that…

UGA Linguistics faculty members Dr. Margaret Renwick and Dr. Jon Forrest were featured in this week's Columns article, discussing the rapid decline of the Georgia accent among…

Please join the Linguistics department in congratulating Dr. Peggy Renwick, who was named the Graduate School Outstanding Mentor for 2023. 

The Outstanding Mentor award "encourages and rewards innovation and effectiveness" in advising students…

Keith Langston, Professor of Linguistics, was recently awarded a three-year, $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study endangered languages on the Istrian peninsula of Croatia and the Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic Sea.

Savannah Jane Williams, recipient of the 2021 SPARK Award for Undergraduate Research, has recently published the results of this research project in Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America, together with her faculty mentor Dr. Peggy Renwick.…

Dr. Margaret Renwick and Ph.D. Candidate Joey Stanley have a newly published article in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America titled "Modeling dynamic trajectories of front vowels in the American South."

The Journal of the Acoustical…

University of Georgia Linguistics Faculty and Graduate Students presented at the 94th Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America, in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2-5,…

University of Georgia Linguistics Faculty and Graduate Students presented at the 2020 American Dialect Society annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2-5, 2020.

University of Georgia Linguistics Faculty and Graduate Students will be presenting at the 178th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, in San Diego, California, December 2-6, 2019.

University of Georgia Linguistics Faculty and Graduate Students presented at the 2019 American Dialect Society annual conference in New Your City, New York, January 3-6, 2019.


Collections of speech and text, known as corpora, have long played a key role in linguistics. Now with the help of a Learning Technologies Grant [from UGA's Center for Teaching and Learning], UGA linguists have access to an…

Dr. Margaret Renwick has had a paper published in Language and Speech. It’s titled "A Survey of Phonological Mid Vowel Intuitions in Central Catalan" and it’s co-authored with Marianna Nadeu.

University of Georgia Linguistics Faculty and Graduate Students presented at the 2018 American Dialect Society annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, January 4-7, 2018.

Dr. Peggy Renwick and Rachel Miller Olsen have co-authored an article in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, using data from the Linguistic Atlas of the Gulf States. In the article, which is part of a special collection on Advancing…

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