LangSci talk by Florian Hintz on April 28th!

In our next LangSci talk, Florian Hintz from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Psychology of Language Department will talk about „Individual differences in language skills“.

The talk will take place in A 2.2 room 2.02 at 16:15!


Call for Papers: Interspeech 2022 Satellite Workshop

Interspeech 2022 Satellite Workshop: Call for papers!

Workshop on „Cross-linguistic Effects of Information Theoretic Factors in Interactive Communication“

Seoul National University, Sept 23, 2022


Information-theoretic factors have been identified and used to account for fine-grained phonetic variations in speech, as rational speakers and listeners can adapt speech to be efficient in transmitting information. However, the ability to adapt depends on linguistic knowledge and exposure, which are accumulated through learning. Learning could happen fast and slow in different communicative situations. Such diverse learning environments raise further questions as to how to ‘quantify information’ in a context-appropriate manner. The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers examining the role of information-theoretic factors on cross-language learning in interactive communication.


Conference organizers
James Whang (Seoul National University)
Bistra Andreeva (Saarland University)
Omnia Ibrahim (Saarland University)
Bernd Möbius (Saarland University)
Ivan Yuen (Saarland University)

Keynote speakers
Ann Bradlow (Northwestern University) confirmed
Okko Räsänen (Tampere University) confirmed

Contact: Please direct all inquiries to

C1: Raphael Werner awarded @ ESSV 2022


We are very proud to announce that Raphael Werner received the „best student paper award“ at the 33rd Conference on Electronic Speech Signal Processing (ESSV 2022).

Raphael Werner, Jürgen Trouvain, Beeke Muhlack, Bernd Möbius (2022): Perceptual categorization of breath noises in speech pauses. 33. Konferenz Elektronische Sprachsignalverarbeitung (Sønderborg, DK; online).

Many Congratulations!

B1, B7, C4: Joint talk at workshop „Discourse obligates“ @ DGfS 2022


On February 24th, 2022, Annemarie Verkerk, Tania Avgustinova, Ekaterina Lapshinova-Koltunski, Katrin Menzel, Stefania Degaetano-Ortlieb and Luigi Talamo will give a talk on „Information status investigated using surprisal: differences across syntactic roles and referential expressions in European languages“ in the workshop „Discourse obligates“ organized by Robin Lemke, Lisa Schäfer, Heiner Drenhaus and Ingo Reich (Project B3) at the Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS).


B1: Keynote talk by Stefania Degaetano-Ortlieb @ DH Benelux 2022


Stefania Degaetano-Ortlieb from Project B1 on Information Density in English Scientific Writing: A Diachronic Perspective will give a keynote talk at the Digital Humanities Benelux Conference this June on Modeling and investigating variation in language use from a communicative perspective: methods, challenges, and types of evidence.

More information can be found here.

Project B3 hosts workshop @ DGfS 2022


The members of project B3 „Information Theory and Ellipsis Redundancy“ Robin Lemke, Lisa Schäfer, Heiner Drenhaus and Ingo Reich host a workshop at this year’s 44th Annual Conference of the German Lingustic Society (DGfS) in Tübingen. Under the title „Discourse obligates“ they bring together scholars working on information structure, information theory and the interface of the two, and are delighted to welcome Hannah Rohde from the University of Edinburgh as a guest speaker.

More information on the workshop can be found here.

The 44th Annual Conference of the German Lingustic Society (DGfS) will be held online, the programme and more information can be found here.

Welcome to Dr İpek Pınar Uzun (Ankara University)


We are pleased to welcome our guest researcher from Turkey! Dr İpek Pınar Uzun, assistant professor and director of the phonetics lab in the Department of Linguistics at Ankara University is visiting the Department of Language Science and Technology and the SFB (project C1).

Her research visit is funded by an international postdoctoral research fellowship of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.

Pınar will be a visiting postdoc researcher in the LST Phonetics group. Her research interests are in speech science, prosody, and morphological productivity (especially novel compounds). She is looking forward to fruitful exchange with C1 and other projects of the SFB. Stop by and say hello to Pınar in C7.2/5.01.

You can have a look at her publications here.

LangSci talk by Martin Cooke on February 10th!


In our next LangSci talk, Martin Cooke from the Language and Speech Laboratory, University of the Basque Country will talk about „Perception of distorted speech“.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining the Zoom meeting.

LangSci *Special Series*: First talk by Edward Gibson on February 3rd!


Within the framework of our Distinguished Speakers in Language Science Colloquium (LangSci), we are very happy to announce a Special Online Talk Series on Rational Approaches in Language Science.

The talks in this series feature high-profile speakers speaking on topics which are of relevance to the broader community.

The first talk will be held by Edward Gibson (Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and he will talk about „Language processing over a noisy channel“.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining the Zoom meeting.

LangSci talk by Bernd Meyer on February 2nd!


In our next LangSci talk, Bernd Meyer from the The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg will talk about „Predicting human speech perception using deep phoneme classifiers“.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining the Zoom meeting.