Gerry Docherty

Professor Gerry Docherty

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2019
  • Section(s): Linguistics


Gerry Docherty is Professor and Dean (Research) in the Arts, Education and Law Group at Griffith University and a member of the Griffith Centre for Social & Cultural Research. He is recognised internationally for his work over three decades in shaping the development of sociophonetic research, championing the need to incorporate socio-phonetic indexicality and gradience into theories of speech production, processing and learning. He has received nationally competitive project grants in the UK and Australia. Gerry has published widely on his research, and has been invited speaker at conferences and specialist meetings in Australia and abroad. He was Editor of Journal of Phonetics from 1997-2007, and is currently Secretary of the International Phonetic Association.

After undergraduate studies in Modern Languages at Salford University, Gerry undertook doctoral research in the Department of Linguistics at Edinburgh University where his PhD was conferred in 1989. Before his appointment to Griffith University in 2013, Gerry was Professor of Phonetics and Dean of Research, Innovation & Business Development in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University in the UK.

Acknowledgement of Country

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