• Phonetics Work Group

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Phonetics Work Group


  • On 21.04. Petra Wagner gives a talk on prosody-gesture inreaction in Nijmegen, Netherlands

  • On 21.04. Simon Betz will give a talk on hesitations in Linguistik Kolloquium at Duisburg-Essen University

  • On 15.04. Simon Betz will give a talk on hesitations in Linguistik Kolloquium at Bielefeld University

  • On 26.02 Petra Wagner held a talk about speech synthesis evaluation at Trinity College, Ireland

Who we are

Phonetics deals with the production, acoustics and perception of speech sounds. Phonology examines the functional aspects of sounds in communication, e.g. which sounds out of the many possible articulations are relevant to human language.

Our research deals with the following key issues:

  • 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 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.