Experimental Phonetics (Dogil)

Department of Experimental Phonetics, Chair holder Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Dogil †

Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Dogil † headed the former department of Experimental Phonetics at the IMS.

Research and teaching activities of the IMS in Experimental Phonetics comprise several major areas. Our research in General and Linguistic Phonetics has included the study of speech prosody, syllable structure, and the integration of phonetics and phonology. We are also investigating computational models of speech perception and production. Speech technology research includes speech synthesis, speech signal analysis, and the systematic linking of speech and text databases. In the area of Neurophonetics our group is studying the cognitive foundations of human speech production as well as neurological disorders of speech motor control. Please visit our audio-visual tutorial Sprache und Gehirn (in German) to find out more about this area.

Former Staff



Sabine Dieterle, M.A. Secretary   E-Mail +49-711-685-81379
Dipl.-Inform. Edgar Hoch System Administration 
Computational and technical infrastructure
E-Mail +49-711-685-81350



Prof. Dr. phil. habil Grzegorz Dogil Professor and Chair    +49-711-685-81371
Dr. techn. Dipl-Ing. Wolfgang Wokurek Assistant Professor  E-Mail +49-711-685-81383
Dr. Dipl.-Ling. Antje Schweitzer  Assistant Professor E-Mail +49-711-685-81376


Research scientists, assistants and doctoral students

Dr. Jagoda Bruni, M.A. Exemplar Theory (SFB 732, A2) E-Mail
Dr. phil. Daniel Duran Exemplar Theory (SFB 732, A2, A4) E-Mail
Dr. Natalie Lewandowski, M.A. Phonetic convergence (SFB 732, A4) E-Mail
Dr. Arndt Riester Information Structure (SFB 732, A1) E-Mail
Dr. Dipl.-Ling. Katrin Schneider Perception of prosody (SPP 1234) E-Mail
Dr. Dipl.-Ling. Katrin Schweitzer  Prosody and information structure (SFB 732, A1) E-Mail
Dr. Michael Walsh, B.A. Mod.  Exemplar Theory (SFB 732, A2, D5) E-Mail



Our current research projects are concentrated within the DFG collaborative research centre SFB 732.
We investigate the 

  1. modelling of intonation, lexical and semantic aspects (project A1)
  2. modelling aspects of Exemplar Theory (project A2)
  3. modelling of convergence processes in speech and language (project A4)
In a separate project, also supported by the DFG, we investigate the neurological and syntactic implications of prosodic phrasing (in cooperation with Petra Augurzky and Boris Kotchubey, University of Tübingen and with Artemis Alexiadou, Linguistics Department, University of Stuttgart).
In the past, we have carried out numerous research activities in the areas of prosody, neurphonetics and speech technology. See "projects" and "cooperations" for a detailed overview. 


  • Sonderforschungsbereich 732 
    Incremental specification in context
    (supported by DFG, 7/2006-6/2010)
    • Project A1: Incremental specification of focus and givenness in a discourse context 
      Project A2: Exemplar-based speech representation 
      Project A3: Incremental specification in speech
      Project A4: Phonetic convergence in spontaneous speech 
  • Schwerpunktprogramm 1234
    Sprachlautliche Kompetenz: Zwischen Grammatik, Signalverarbeitung und neuronaler Aktivität
    • Project: Phonetic perceptual reference space for prosodic phonological categories 
      (supported by DFG, 7/2006-6/2009)
  • Prosody Acquisition
    • Project: Tonal and temporal development of L1 prosodic categories 
      (supported by DFG, 7/2008-6/2011)
    • Project: First language acquisition of acoustic correlates of word stress 
      (supported by DFG, 10/2004-9/2007)
  • SmartWeb
    • Project: Speech synthesis in a system enabling mobile access to the Semantic Web 
      (supported by BMBF, 4/2004-3/2007)
  • Prosody Production
    • Project: A computational model of target oriented production of prosody 
      (supported by DFG, 10/2001-9/2004)
  • SmartKom
    • Project: Speech output component for a multimodal system 
      (supported by BMBF, 9/1999-9/2003)
  • Schwerpunktprogramm Sprachproduktion
    • Project: The neuroanatomic foundation of language production: Visual examination using functional Magnet Resonance Imaging (fMRI) 
      (supported by DFG, 1997-2003)
  • Speech Synthesis
    • Project: Modeling of the linguistic context for speech synthesis 
      (supported by DFG; project completed)
  • Alignment Project
    • Project: Segmentation of Speech Data from the Mannheim Institute of German Language (IDS
      (supported by the Ministery of Research and Education, Baden-Wuerttemberg; project completed)
  • Sonderforschungsbereich 340
    • Project C4: Aspects of Prosodic Structure for Discourse Representation Theory 
      (supported by DFG; project completed)


Partners in Germany


International partners

Our Lab is a member of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA).

Interesting Links

  • Voice quality (Tutorial developed by Krzystof Marasek): EGG and voice quality
  • Neurocognition of language (Tutorial developed by Jörg Mayer and Grzegorz Dogil): Sprache und Gehirn (in German)
  • Download page for the open source IMS German Festival speech synthesis system

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