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Jonathan Harrington

Prof. Dr. Jonathan Harrington

Jonathan is Director of the Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing and leads the European Research Council Project “Sound Change and the Acquisition of Speech”.

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Prof. Dr. Phil Hoole

Phil oversees all physiological analyses (such as ultrasound and electromagnetic articulography) in the European Research Council Project “Sound Change and the Acquisition of Speech”.

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Véronique Bukmaier

Véronique Bukmaier, B. A.

Véronique has been a member of the Institute of Phonectis and Speech Science since June 2012. Her work investigates speech production in child and adult speakers of Polish. She studied General Linguistics at the Universität Konstanz before joining the IPS to begin her Master's degree. Her Master thesis is focussed on dialectal change in the Augsburger dialect of German, which belongs to the Swabian dialects.

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Felicitas Kleber

Dr. Felicitas Kleber

As of April 2013, Felicitas oversees the investigations of child speech in German, Polish and Cantonese. Following her degree in Phonetics, English Language & Literature and German Language & Literature at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Felicitas wrote her dissertation on “Incomplete neutralization and maintenance of phonological contrasts in regional varieties of Standard German” at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. She has been a member of the Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing since 2006. Her research is focussed on the speech production and perception of adult and child speakers in regional varieties of German.

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Sandra Peters

Sandra Peters, M. A.

Sandra joined the Institute of Phonetics and Speech Science in March 2012 after completing her undergraduate studies in Phonetics, General Linguistics and Psychology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. Her PhD project investigates the speech of German children and adults. Sandra's main research interest in the articulation of consonant clusters and vowels is aimed at investigating syllable structure.

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Ulrich Reubold

Dr. des. Ulrich Reubold

Ulrich has been a member of the Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing since 2006. His dissertation (“Über die Zusammenhänge zwischen Grundfrequenz und Vokalhöhe: Evidenzen aus longitudinalen Altersstimmenstudien, Perturbations- und Vokalerkennungsexperimenten”) focussed on the relationship between fundamental frequency and vowel height using data from longitudinal studies. He is currently investigating the production and perception of coarticulated speech in structurally different languages.

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Mary Stevens

Dr. Mary Stevens

Mary obtained her PhD (“A Phonetic investigation into Raddoppiamento sintattico in Sienese Italian”) in 2007 from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests include descriptive phonetics (including work on lesser documented languages), laboratory phonology and sound change. She has been at the Institute of Phonetics and Speech Science since 2010. Amongst other things, Mary is carrying out studies on sound change in Italian as part of the ERC project “Sound Change and the Acquisition of Speech”.

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Jessica Siddins

Jessica Siddins, M. A.

Jessica joined the Institute of Phonetics and Speech Science in March 2013 after completing her undergraduate studies in Phonetics, General Linguistics and Speech Pathology. Her PhD project investigates the relationship between the production and perception of speech in children and adults in a cross-linguistic study of German and Cantonese. Her main research interests are the acquisition and stabilisation of speech production and perception.

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Taja Stoll

Taja Stoll, M. A.

Taja has been a member of the Institute of Phonetics and Speech Science since October 2013; she also holds a Qualification position at the Graduate School Language & Literature Munich (GS L&L). She completed one Master’s degree in Spanish Linguistics at the Complutense Univerisity of Madrid and another one in Phonetics and Phonology at the University Menéndez Pelayo (Madrid). She is currently investigating the palatalisation in Russian liquids.

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Xiaodan Wang

Xiaodan Wang, M. A.

Xiaodan Wang received her Magister Artium in Phonetics and Speech Processing from the LMU Munich in 2013. Her MA thesis involved an experimental investigation of tone sandhi in Mandarin Chinese. She joined the Graduate School Language & Literature Munich (GS L&L) in 2014. Her PhD project is focussed on the individual use of coarticulatory tonal information in the production and perception of Mandarin in native-speaking adults and children and in adult L2 speakers. She is also interested in historical language development and bilingualism.

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Raphael Winkelmann

Raphael Winkelmann, M. A.

Raphael joined the Institute of Phonetics and Speech Science in August 2012 after completing his undergraduate studies in Phonetics, Computational Linguistics and Computer Science. A part of his PhD project is focused on developing a software solution for the creation, querying and analysis of speech databases. He is also involved in several other phonetic software solutions that are currently being developed at the IPS.

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Affiliated Members

Marianne Pouplier

PD Dr. Marianne Pouplier

is the Principal Investigator of the Universals Group (ERC Starting Grant). She has worked for many years on complexity in speech production and the question of what makes something “hard to say” across languages.

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Conceição Cunha

Dr. des. Conceição Cunha

Conceição completed her PhD as part of the LIPP program in Munich in 2012. Her dissertation involved articulatory and perceptual studies on the organisation of consonant clusters and CVC sequences in two different varieties of Portuguese. Conceição joined the Institute of Phonetics and Speech Science in 2012 to carry out articulatory and perceptual analyses of the tense-lax vowel contrast in Standard German and Austrian German. She is also interested in the spatial and temporal organisation of coarticulated speech segments.

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Daniela Müller

Dr. Daniela Müller

Daniela has been a member of the Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing since September 2012. She received a doctoral degree from the universities of Tolosa and Heidelberg with a dissertation on “The developments of the lateral in Occitan dialects and their Romance and cross-linguistic context”. Her research focuses on sound change and laboratory phonology. At IPS, she is leader of the project “Dynamics and change of liquids” (Research Fellowship, Center for Advanced Studies, LMU).

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Eva Reinisch

Dr. Eva Reinisch

Eva received her doctoral degree in 2010 for her research at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics on the topic “Processing the fine temporal structure of spoken words”. Since 2012 she has been at the Institute of Phonetics and Speech processing. Her research focuses on acoustic context effects and the effect of accents on spoken word recognition in the listeners' first and second languages.

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