Associate Professor Michelle Pascoe


BSc (Log) (UCT), MSc (Speech Pathology) UCT, PhD (Sheffield, UK)


I am a Speech and Language Therapist. My research focuses on typical and atypical speech, language and literacy acquisition. My particular interest is in speech and language development in the languages of Southern Africa, multilingualism and ways to support clinicians when working with families from a range of language and cultural backgrounds.

I am an NRF-rated researcher who has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers and 10 book chapters. 

For further details on my research and a full list of publications:

Selected Publications

Pascoe, M., Klop, D., Mdlalo, T., & Ndhambi, M. (2018). Beyond lip service: Towards human rights-driven guidelines for South African speech-language pathologists. International Journal of Speech Language Pathology

Pascoe, M., Mahura, O., Le Roux, J., Danvers, E., de Jager, A., Esterhuizen, N., Naidoo, C., Reynders, J., Senior, S. & van der Merwe, A. (2018). Speech Development in Three-year-old Children Acquiring isiXhosa and English in South Africa. Chapter in Babatsouli, E., Ingram, D. & Muller, N. (Eds). Crosslinguistic Encounters in Language Acquisition: Typical and Atypical Development. Multilingual Matters, Bristol. 

Pascoe, M. & Mahura, O. (2017). Acquisition of South African English by three- to five-year-old children in Cape Town. In E. Babatsouli (ed.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech 2017 (pp. 234–240). ISBN: 978-618-82351-1-3. URL:

Pascoe, M., Rossouw, K., Fish, L., Jansen, C., Manley, N., Powell, M. & Rosen, L. (2016). Speech processing and production in two-year-old children acquiring isiXhosa: A tale of two children. South African Journal of Communication Disorders. Special edition: Language acquisition and impairment in the African Languages, 63, 1–16.

Pascoe, M. & McLeod, S. (2016). Cross-Cultural Adaptation of the Intelligibility in Context Scale for South Africa. Child Language Teaching and Therapy 32(3), 327–343. DOI: 10.1177/0265659016638395.

Pascoe, M., Bissessur, D. & Mayers, P. (2016). Mothers’ perceptions of their premature infant’s communication: a description of two cases. Journal of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, 21, 143–154.

Mahura, O. & Pascoe, M. (2016). The acquisition of Setswana segmental phonology in children aged 3;0 – 6;0 years: A cross-sectional study. International Journal of Speech Language Pathology

Nadler-Nir, E. & Pascoe, M. (2016). Language-based Literacy Interventions. Chapter in G. Reid & L. Peer (Eds), Multilingualism, Literacy and Dyslexia. Taylor & Francis, Routledge, UK.