Ian Clayton, Ph.D.

Associate Department Chair; Associate Professor
Ian Clayton


Ian Clayton's research is focused in three main areas. In the area of phonology, he is interested in what experimental methods can tell us about phonological structure; an ongoing project concerns the effects of frequency on the duration of consonants in English. His sociophonetic research is concerned with the varieties of English spoken in the Scottish Hebrides and in the western United States. His current language documentation work is focused on Scottish Gaelic and includes the construction of a transcribed and translated audio-visual corpus of conversational Gaelic (in collaboration with Mike Hammond, Andrew Carnie and Muriel Fisher of the University of Arizona).


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2010
  • M.A., University of Montana, 2001
  • B.A., University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 1994