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)

  • 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, Areta Charters
  • 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41133
    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. 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
  • Kim, J.-H., Ballard, E., & McCann, C. (2016). Error analysis of Korean-English bilingual children’s speech productions. Clinical Archives of Communication Disorders, 1 (1), 11-29. 10.21849/cacd.2016.00052
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/38680
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare McCann
  • Ballard, E., & Lee, T. (2016). Language maintenance and attitudes of Mandarin speaking families in New Zealand. In R. Muhr, P. E. Fonyuy, E. Ibrahim, C. Miller (Eds.) Pluricentric Languages and Non-Dominant Varieties Worldwide: Pluricentric Languages Across Continents: Features and Usage, 239-249. Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang. 10.3726/978-3-653-07112-2
  • Charters, A. H., Ballard, E. Y., & Taumoefolau, M. (2015). Adaptation of the Boston Naming Test to Tongan. Paper presented at ALAA/ALANZ/ALTAANZ 2015 Conference: Learning in a Multilingual World, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia. 30 November - 2 December 2015. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Areta Charters, Melenaite Taumoefolau

Contact details

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 721 - Bldg 721
Level 3, Room 313
New Zealand