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‘As a child, I sometimes played in my mum’s lab.’ Dr PATRYCJA STRYCHARCZUK RESEARCH FELLOW, SPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCES I’m Dr Patrycja Strycharczuk, and I do research on how and why sounds of language change. Sound change is something we’re not normally aware of, yet somehow we sound slightly differently from our parents or our grandparents. What is more, we often find that small and even barely audible changes in pronunciation are in fact constrained in highly complex ways. In my research, I try to understand the structure of various factors which influence sound change, by analysing the speech of people in different age groups at multiple levels, from the underlying tongue and lip movements to the resulting sound. O E R A T I N G L B WOMEN RESEARCHERS INSPIRING RESEARCH CAREER JOURNEYS As a child, I sometimes played in my mum’s lab, and she would show me how you can see the structure of cells under a microscope. My field of research today is very different from hers, but there is the same thrill of uncovering something hidden through careful observation.