[ˈdʒɪ.li.mɑː(r).ˈki.ni] ~ she/her


I’m an MSc by Research Student within the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at Edinburgh University working under the supervision of Dr Michael Ramsammy.

As a variationist phonetician & laboratory phonologist, I study the relationship between fine acoustic and articulatory detail and wider, phonological rules. My research focuses on dialects of Romance Languages, in particular Spanish. I am also interested in exploring under-researched varieties of Spanish, namely Afro-Latino ethnolects, which have been largely overlooked in research.

I completed my Integrated Masters (MLang) in French and Spanish Linguistic Studies from the University of Southampton in 2019 during which time I completed a year abroad at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México in Toluca, Mexico. Since 2020, I have been completing my MScR Thesis on the dialect-specific nature of vowel compression and the acoustic realisation of lexical stress in Spanish.



Edinburgh Language Lunch (2020): Sound Change and Phonological Rhythm in Altiplateau Mexican Spanish

Penn Linguistics Conference 45 (2021): Sound Change and Rhythm in Altiplateau Mexican Spanish

Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (2021): Sound Change and Rhythm in Altiplateau Mexican Spanish

Manchester Phonology Meeting (2021): Vowel Compression, Stress & Rhythm in Altiplateau Mexican Spanish (poster)

Phonetics & Phonology in Europe (2021): Vowel Compression, Stress & Rhythm in Altiplateau Mexican Spanish (poster)

UK Language Variation & Change 13 (2021, upcoming): Dialect-specific acoustic correlates of stress in Altiplateau Mexican & Southern Chilean Spanish

Hispanic Linguistic Symposium 2021 (2021, upcoming): Dialect-specific acoustic correlates of stress in Altiplateau Mexican & Southern Chilean Spanish


  • Ailie Donald Scholarship, PPLS, University of Edinburgh

On-going research & upcoming publications

  • Marchini, G. & Ramsammy, M. (2021) Vowel Compression in Altiplateau Mexican Spanish: Implications for dialect-specific rhythm and stress, LSRL Conference Proceedings (submitted)


Email: G [dot] E [dot] M [dot] Marchini [at] sms [dot] ed [dot] ac [dot] uk

Twitter: @GillyMarchini


A few fun things to know…

  • Although not a sociolinguistic, I’m passionate about fighting accent discrimination & am very interested in the perception of accents & dialects.
  • Since becoming a phonetician, I have become interested in coding and computer science & would love to develop these skills more.
  • I am bi-dialectal. I’m originally from Northern Ireland but moved to the Midlands (England) when I was one year old. So depending on where you’re from, who knows which accent I’ll speak with!
  • I’m an avid crocheter and nine times out of ten I will have some yarn in my bag.


Research Interests

  • Romance Linguistics;
  • Acoustic phonetics;
  • Laboratory phonology;
  • Dialectology.

Research Projects

A Phonetic Investigation into Unstressed Vowel Reduction and the word-final /s/ in Altiplateau Mexican Spanish (2018): During my undergraduate thesis, I analysed unstressed vowel reduction and shortening in Altiplateau Mexican Spanish & compensatory lengthening of /s/.

‘Do I sound Canadid to you?’ (2019): This research project was part of a sociophonetic module where the accuracy of guises in the show ‘Orphan Black’ was analysed. Here, I analysed the accuracy of Canadian Raised diphthongs and ‘g’-dropping in line with the dialect zone and socioeconomic background of the character.

Schwa Elision, Sonority and Syllable Structure in French (2019): My MLang Thesis examined schwa elision and the compensatory sound changes on surrounding consonants in French. It linked these changes to debates concerning the Sonority Sequencing Principle and the possibility of syllabic consonants.

Vowel Compression in Spanish: Implications on Rhythm and Stress (2020 – present): My present thesis examines vowel compression (shortening) effects across dialect of Spanish. It seeks to establish where phonetic and phonological variation arises and how these may bear upon the way Spanish dialects acoustically mark lexical stress.

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