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)

  • 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
    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
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare McCann
  • 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
  • Lee, T. Y., & Ballard, E. (2015). Speech sound disorders in sequential Mandarin- English bilingual children in New Zealand.. Paper presented at 9th Asia Pacific Conference of Speech, Language and Hearing 2015, Yihe hotel, Guangzhou, China. 9 October - 11 October 2015. Related URL.
  • Lee, T. Y., & Ballard, E. (2015). Phonological development of successive Mandarin-English bilingual children in New Zealand. Paper presented at International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech (ISMBS 2015), Great Arsenali Conference Centre, Chania, Greece. 7 September - 10 September 2015. Related URL.

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TAMAKI BUILDING 721 - Bldg 721
New Zealand