Dr Elaine Ballard


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Senior Lecturer


Elaine graduated from The University of Auckland with a degree in German and Italian before going to the United States to pursue a doctorate in linguistics at Cornell University. On returning to Auckland she took up a position in linguistics before moving on to her current position in the Speech Science division in the School of Psychology.

Research | Current

Elaine’s research areas of interest are phonology, child language, multilingualism, historical linguistics and languages other than English. In her most recent research she is focusing on phonological development in languages as diverse as Mandarin and Samoan.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Meyerhoff, M., Birchfield, A., Ballard, E., Watson, C., & Charters, H. (2020). Restrictions on relative clauses in Auckland, New Zealand. Advancing Socio-grammatical Variation and Change: In Honour of Jenny Cheshire (pp. 115-133).
  • Ballard, E., Charters, H., & Taumoefolau, M. (2019). A guide to designing a naming test for an under-researched bilingual population: adapting the Boston Naming Test to Tongan. Clinical linguistics & phonetics, 33 (4), 376-392. 10.1080/02699206.2018.1518488
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Melenaite Taumoefolau
  • Watson, C., Ross, B., Ballard, E., Charters, H., Arnold, R., & Meyerhoff, M. (2018). Preliminary Investigations into Sound Change in Auckland. In J. Epps, J. Wolfe, J. Smith, C. Jones (Eds.) Proceedings of the Seventeenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, 17-20. Sydney, Australia. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48749
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Catherine Watson
  • Asad, A. N., Purdy, S. C., Ballard, E., Fairgray, L., & Bowen, C. (2018). Phonological processes in the speech of school-age children with hearing loss: Comparisons with children with normal hearing. Journal of communication disorders, 74, 10-22. 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2018.04.004
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Purdy, Liz Fairgray
  • Kim, J. H., Ballard, E., & McCann, C. (2018). Age-related changes in segmental accuracy and error production in Korean-English bilingual children: Implications for clinical speech sound assessment procedures. Speech, Language and Hearing, 21 (1), 41-54. 10.1080/2050571X.2017.1323700
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare McCann
  • Kim, J.-H., Ballard, E., & McCann, C. (2017). Phonological Skills in Korean-English Bilingual Children: Phonetic Inventory and Segmental Accuracy. Clinical Archives of Communication Disorders, 2 (2), 142-162. 10.21849/cacd.2017.00087
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare McCann
  • Kim, J. H., Ballard, E. Y., & McCann, C. (2017). Phonological skills in Korean-English bilingual children: Phonetic inventory and segmental accuracy. Clinical Archives of Communication Disorders, 2 (2), 142-162. 10.21849/cacd.2017.00087
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare McCann
  • McLeod, S., Verdon, S., Baker, E., Ball, M. J., Ballard, E., David, A. B., ... Bowen, C. (2017). Tutorial: Speech assessment for multilingual children who do not speak the same language(s) as the speech-language pathologist. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26 (3), 691-708. 10.1044/2017_AJSLP-15-0161

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 2, Room 2064
New Zealand