• Phonetics

    © 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.



  • The DFG funds our new collaborative project with Reinhold Häb-Umbach’s group from Paderborn on "Deep speech representation learning for research in phonetics"

  • The DFG funds our new project on "Laughter in conversation: form, function, and multimodality"

  • Jutta Hartmann, Farhat Jabeen, and Petra Wagner are organizing a satellite workshop in conjunction with Phonetics and Phonology in Europe (PaPE) 2021 conference. The title of their workshop is "Creativity and Variability: Prosody and Information Structure". Further details about the workshop can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/y3nuxknl

  • Farhat Jabeen will give a talk on 28-29th April in the Manchester Forum in Linguistics (MFiL). Her talk is titled "Intonation of Prominence in Declaratives and Interrogatives in Urdu/Hindi."

  • Farhat Jabeen gave a talk in the annual conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGFS) on 24th February. The title of her talk is "Prosodic Status of Polar Kya in Urdu/Hindi".

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.