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    © Nataliya Bryhadyr

Phonetics Work Group - Who We Are

At the Interspeech 2019 in Graz, Austria

(From left to right: Nataliya Bryhadyr, Marin Schröer, Leonie Schade, Simon Betz, Jana Voße, Petra Wagner, Bogdan Ludusan)

What We Do:


  • Speech synthesis, i.e. the artificial production of speech such as that used in robots, reading devices for blind people, computer games or announcement systems.
  • Prosody, and in particular aspects of timing and emphasis. How prominently are sounds produced at specific points of an utterance, and when? How is this perceived and modeled?
  • Conversational prosody and gesture. In this research area, we are interested in various aspects of multimodal communication, such as the synchronization of sounds with facial expressions and gestures, the phonetic realisation of disfluent speech and its integration in systems of human-machine interaction.



  • We are very happy to host the 18th P&P conference in Bielefeld!
  • Farhat Jabeen and Simon Betz will present their "Hesitations in Urdu/Hindi: Distribution and Properties of Fillers & Silences" at this year's Interspeech Conference.
  • Our PhD students Fritz Seebauer and Jana Wiechmann together with other linguists will organize the next ConSOLE student conference and are currently accepting abstracts from advanced Bachelor students, Master and PhD students. The Call for Papers is now open!

The Phonetics and Phonology research group is part of the Center for Cognitive Interaction Technology CITEC and Bielefeld University's Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies.

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