LINGUIST List 30.3831

Thu Oct 10 2019

Support: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology: PhD, Leibniz-ZAS

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 10-Oct-2019
From: Marzena Zygis <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology: PhD, Leibniz-ZAS, Berlin, Germany
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Department: Laboratory Phonology
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Leibniz-ZAS

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology


The Research Area Laboratory Phonology at Leibniz-ZAS in Berlin invites applications for a three-year PhD position in the project ''Audio-visual prosody of whispered and semi-whispered speech'' (PROSPER) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). It is a fully-funded PhD position (E13 TV-L, 65%; 65 000 euro per year). It should ideally start on January 1, 2020.

The main goal of the present project is to provide a detailed acoustic analysis of the prosody of whispered and semi-whispered speech. The challenging nature of this goal lies in the fact that fundamental frequency, one of the main correlates of prosodic variation, is entirely absent in whispered speech.

We aim to extend the studied acoustic parameter space to the gestural dimension by taking advantage of the possibilities of motion tracking technology and deploying computer vision algorithms for automatic extraction of facial features. The proposed investigation paves the way for a larger enterprise whose ultimate goal is to design algorithms which will convert semi-whispered and whispered speech to voiced speech. Ultimately, such a system will help relieve the daily challenges of ageing and clinical populations suffering from ailments such as throat cancers or neuro-degenerative diseases including Parkinson’s.

The PhD thesis will be supervised by Dr Marzena Żygis PD (PI, Leibniz ZAS, Berlin) and Dr Hamid Sharifzadeh (Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland).

The candidate should hold a Masterʼs degree in a relevant field (linguistics, phonetics, computational linguistics, computing, or information technology). Knowledge in phonetics, statistics, and/or facial coding system is desirable.

Please send your application including a letter of motivation, CV, copies of academic certificates and the names of two potential referees and their email addresses in a single pdf file to Marzena Żygis (


Applications Deadline: 14-Nov-2019

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Marzena Zygis

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