Maria Josep Solé is Professor of English Phonetics and Linguistics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where she lectures on English Phonetics and Phonology and Quantitative Research Methods.
Professor Solé’s research interests include experimental phonology, the phonetics-phonology interface, the articulatory and perceptual basis of sound change and cross-linguistic phonological patterns. She has coordinated a consolidated Research Group in Phonetics since 2001 and has been the principal investigator in a number of research projects funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
She was the co-chair of the Workshop on Sound Change, Barcelona 2010, and co-chair of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Barcelona 2003.
Her most relevant recent publications include the following: “The perception of voice-initiating gestures” in Laboratory Phonology (2014); The Initiation of Sound Change: Perception, Production and Social Factors (2012, edited jointly with D. Recasens); “Natural and Unnatural Patterns of Sound Change?” in that same work; and “Voice-initiating gestures in Spanish: Prenasalization” (2011, with R. Sprouse, in Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences).