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Katharina Zahner

Katharina Zahner
PhD-Student
Department of Linguistics 
University of Konstanz 
78457 Konstanz 
Germany

katharina.zahner/at/uni-konstanz.de

phone:   +49 (0) 7531 88 4194
room:   F 208b

 

 

For full CV including publications see (pdf)



News
March 2018: AG at DGfS on Stress in L1 and cL2 Acquisition

We had a great workshop at DGfS 2018 in Stuttgart (March 7-9) on "Variable Perception and Production Correlates for Word Stress in First Language Acquisition and Child Second Language Learning" , organized by Janet Grijzenhout (Leiden University), Monika Lindauer (Konstanz) and myself.

October-December 2017: Visiting fellow at MARCS

As part of the MEiN (Mentoring with Experts and International Networking) programme I joined Prof. Anne Cutler's group at the MARCS Institute from October - December 2017.

KIDS Corpus

The KIDS Corpus (Konstanz prosodically annotated infant-directed speech corpus) comprises prosodic and morphosyntactic annotations of utterances from 16 German mothers. The corpus was presented at Speech Prosody 8 in Boston. Here is the paper and the poster introducing the KIDS Corpus. We've recently presented a paper on the accentuation of different word forms in German infant-directed speech, LREC Miyazaki, Japan, May 2018.

  

Research Interests

Key words: Prosody / Intonation / Processing / Acquisition / Prosody&Meaning

Current projects:

1) Processing of stress and intonation in infants and adults. In my dissertation project, I investigate how different pitch accent types which differ in the alignment of the f0 peak in regard to the stressed syllable, affect stress-based segmentation in German infants and lexical activation in German adults. To this end, different Head-Turn Preference Experiments with infants and Visual-World Eye-Tracking experiments with adults were conducted (Zahner, Schönhuber & Braun, 2016; Zahner, Egger & Braun, Submitted). Recently, I have started to look at the processing of intonation and stress in Australian English (Zahner, Kember & Braun, 2017; Zahner & Braun, Accepted).

2) Prosody & Meaning. As part of a project on the prosody of rhetorical questions (P6, PI: Braun/Dehé), I have started to look at the phonetic and phonological cues for rhetorical questions in German (Braun, Dehé, Neitsch, Wochner & Zahner, Submitted), as well as the automatic classification of rhetorical questions (Braun, Wochner, Zahner & Dehé 2018). For more information on the research unit on non-canonical questions, see (FOR2111: Questions at the interface)

3) Cross-linguistic/Cross-varietal differences in the perception and production of prosody. Within a collaboration between SpeechNet BaWü and Prof. Anne Cutler’s group at the MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University, I am also working on cross-linguistic/cross-varietal differences regarding intonational compensation strategies when voiced material is limited. We also study how these prosodic differences are perceived by native and non-native listeners. The languages/varieties of interest are Australian English and Southern German (see Kember, Grohe, Zahner, Braun, Weber & Cutler, 2017; Yu & Zahner, 2018).

For results of the individual projects see Publications/Talks (below).

 

Publications and Talks
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Under Review

Zahner, K., Egger, E. & Braun, B. (Submitted). Alignment of f0 peak in different pitch accent types affects perception of metrical prominence. (Paper submitted March 27, 2018)

Braun, B., Dehé, N., Neitsch, J., Wochner, D. & Zahner, K. (Submitted). The prosody of rhetorical and information-seeking questions in German. (Paper submitted March 3, 2018)

ManyBabies Consortium (accepted pending data collection). Quantifying sources of variability in infancy research using the infant-directed speech preference. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science.

2016

Zahner, K., Schönhuber, M. & Braun, B. (2016). The limits of metrical segmentation: intonation modulates infants' extraction of embedded trochees. Journal of Child Language 43(6), 1338-1364. DOI: 10.1017/S0305000915000744. (ms)

Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings

Upcoming

Zahner, K. & Braun, B. (Accepted). F0 peaks are a necessary condition for German infants’ perception of stress in metrical segmentation. Proc. of the 17th Speech Science and Technology Conference (SST 2018), Sydney, Australia. (upcoming: 6-7 December 2018)

Braun, B., Wochner, D., Zahner, K. & Dehé, N. (Accepted). Classification of interrogatives as information-seeking or rhetorical questions. Proc. of the 17th Speech Science and Technology Conference (SST 2018), Sydney, Australia. (upcoming: 6-7 December 2018)

2018

Yu, J. & Zahner, K. (2018). Truncation and compression in Southern German and Australian English. Proc. of Interspeech 2018, Hyderabad, India. (pdf)

Braun, B. & Zahner, K. (2018). The Distribution and Prosodic Realization of Verb Forms in German Infant-Directed Speech. Proc. of the 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018), Miyazaki, Japan. (pdf)

2017

Kember, H., Grohe, A.-K., Zahner, K., Braun, B., Weber, A. & Cutler, A. (2017). Similar prosodic structure perceived differently in German and English. Proc. of Interspeech 2017, Stockholm, Sweden. (pdf)

Zahner, K., Kember, H. & Braun, B. (2017). Mind the peak: When museum is temporarily understood as musical in Australian English. Proc. of Interspeech 2017, Stockholm, Sweden. (pdf)

2016

Zahner, K., Schönhuber, M., Grijzenhout, J. & Braun, B. (2016). Pitch accent type affects lexical activation in German: Evidence from eye tracking. Proc. Speech Science Technology (SST 2016), Sydney, Australia. (pdf)

Zahner, K., Schönhuber, M., Grijzenhout, J. & Braun, B. (2016). Konstanz prosodically annotated infant-directed speech corpus (KIDS corpus). Proc. Speech Prosody (SP8), Boston, USA. (pdf)

2015

Zahner, K., Pohl, M. & Braun, B. (2015). Pitch accent distribution in German infant-directed speech. Proc. Interspeech 2015, Dresden, Germany. (pdf)

2014

Braun, B., Pohl, M., & Zahner, K. (2014). Speech segmentation is modulated by peak alignment: Evidence from German 10-month-olds. Proc. Speech Prosody (SP7), Dublin, Ireland. (pdf)

Talks and poster presentations

Upcoming

Zahner, K. & Braun, B. (Accepted). F0 is not enough - when museum does not activate musical in Australian English. Poster at ProsLang - Workshop on the Processing of Prosody across Languages and Varieties, (upcoming: 29-30 November 2018, School of Languages and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), New Zealand).

2018

Zahner, K. (2018). Pitch accent type affects stress perception in German: Evidence from infant and adult speech processing. Poster at the workshop on Prosodic variation across languages: The state-of-the-art in comparative prosodic research, Leiden, the Netherlands.

Yu, J. & Zahner, K. (2018). Compression and truncation in Australian English and Southern German. Poster at the workshop on Prosodic variation across languages: The state-of-the-art in comparative prosodic research, Leiden, the Netherlands.

Braun, B. & Zahner, K. (2018). The Distribution and Prosodic Realization of Verb Forms in German Infant-Directed Speech. Poster at the 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018), Miyazaki, Japan.

2017

Kember, H., Grohe, A.-K., Zahner, K., Braun, B., Weber, A. & Cutler, A. (2017). Similar prosodic structure perceived differently in German and English. Talk at Interspeech 2017 Stockholm, Sweden.

Zahner, K., Kember, H. & Braun, B. (2017). Mind the peak: When museum is temporarily understood as musical in Australian English. Talk at Interspeech 2017 Stockholm, Sweden.

Zahner, K., Schönhuber, M., Grijzenhout, J. & Braun, B. (2017). How pitch accent type affects stress perception in German infants. Talk in Symposium on "Prosody in Early Language Acquisition" IASCL 2017 (International Congress for the Study of Child Language) Lyon, France.

Zahner, K., Kember, H., Cutler, A. & Braun, B. (2017). Museum or musical? – Pitch accent type affects word recognition in Australian English. Poster at PaPE (Phonetics and Phonology in Europe) Cologne, Germany. (poster)

2016

Zahner, K., Schönhuber, M., Grijzenhout, J. & Braun, B. (2016). Pitch accent type affects lexical activation in German: Evidence from eye tracking. Talk at Speech Science Technology (SST 2016) Sydney, Australia.

Zahner, K., Schönhuber, M., Grijzenhout, J. & Braun, B. (2016). When high pitch matters most - Stress perception in German infants. Talk at the MARCS Institue (Speech&Language Meeting), Sydney, Australia.

Zahner, K., Schönhuber, M., Grijzenhout, J. & Braun, B. How pitch accent type affects stress perception in German infants. Talk in Symposium on "Prosody in Early Language Acquisition" IASCL 2017 (International Congress for the Study of Child Language) Lyon, France.

Zahner, K., Schönhuber, M., Grijzenhout, J. & Braun, B. (2016). High pitch signals word onsets for German 9-month-olds: Evidence for a pitch-based segmentation strategy. Talk at Tone and Intonation (TIE) Kent, UK.

2015

Zahner, K., Pohl, M. & Braun, B.(2015). Are all low-pitched syllables perceived equally? - Evidence from German 9-month-olds. Poster at PaPE (Phonetics and Phonology in Europe) Cambridge, UK. (poster)

Zahner, K., Pohl, M. & Braun, B.(2015). Only high-pitched stressed syllables are good (prominent?) word onsets for German infants. Talk at ICPL (International Conference "Prominence in Language") Cologne, Germany. (abstract)

Zahner, K., Pohl, M. & Braun, B. (2015). Only high-pitched stressed syllables are good word onsets for German infants. Talk at WILD (Workshop on Infant Language Development) Stockholm, Sweden. (abstract)

2014

Zahner, K., Braun, B., & Pohl, M. (2014). How high pitch affects lexical processing in German adults - Evidence from eye-tracking. Poster at P&P10 Konstanz, Germany. (abstract)

Zahner, K., Pohl, M., & Braun, B. (2014). Pitch accent type and metrical stress in infant speech segmentation. Poster at AMLaP Edinburgh, UK. (abstract)

Zahner, K. (2014). The Role of Intonation in Infants' Speech Segmentation. Poster at Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition (X. EMLAR), Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Zahner, K. (2014). Die Rolle der Intonation bei der kindlichen Wortsegmentierung - Macht der Ton hier die Musik? Talk at the Sprachwissenschaftliche Tagung für Promotionsstudierende (5. STaPs), Mainz, Germany.

  

Workshops
Scientific Meetings and Schools (Attendance)

Workshop "DIMA V-VII"(Annotation Guidelines for German Intonation), University of Potsdam, Germany (March, 18-20, 2015), University of Stuttgart, Germany (March, 21, 2016), and the University of Cologne (March, 29-30, 2017).

Autumn School "Methods in Language Comprehension - New methods for studying comprehension in Cognitive Science, Behavioral Science and Neuroscience", University of Trento, Italy (November, 13-16, 2014).

Workshop "Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition (X. EMLAR)", Utrecht, The Netherlands (April, 14-16, 2014).

Organized Workshops

Co-organizer: Workshop at DGfS on "Variable Perception and Production Correlates for Word Stress in First Language Acquisition and Child Second Language Learning" in Stuttgart (March, 7 - 9, 2018)

Co-organizer: "Prosody and Meaning" in Konstanz (October, 4 - 7, 2017)

Co-organizer: "Processing prosody across languages, varieties, and nativeness" in Tübingen (August, 31 - September, 1, 2017)

Co-organizer: "10. Tagung für Phonetik und Phonologie im deutschsprachigen Raum (P&P10)" in Konstanz (October, 9-10, 2014)

  

Academic Background
03/2014 -

University of Konstanz; Konstanz, Germany
Seeking-degree: PhD
Dissertation subject: "The effect of pitch accent type on the perception of lexical stress: Evidence from German infants and adults"
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Bettina Braun and Prof. Dr. Janet Grijzenhout
Funded by the Cusanuswerk, Bischöfliche Studienförderung

07/2016 - 12/2017

University of Konstanz; Konstanz, Germany
Academic Staff in the project 6 (p6) of the Forschergruppe Questions at the Interface (July 2016 to April 2017, 65% position; April 2017 to end of December 2017, 25% position)

10/2017 - 12/2017

MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University; Sydney, Australia
Visting fellow, mentor: Prof. Anne Cutler (funding: MEiN programme, University of Konstanz)

10/2016 - 12/2016

MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University; Sydney, Australia
Visting fellow, mentor: Prof. Anne Cutler (funding: DAAD research grant, awarded to A. Cutler & SpeechNet BaWü)

02/2014 - 08/2014

University of Konstanz; Konstanz, Germany
Academic Staff
Project: "LingVisAnn"

10/2008 - 11/2013

University of Konstanz; Konstanz, Germany
Degree: Staatsexamen (Deutsch, Englisch)
Final grade: Very good (1,1; with honors)
Main emphasis:
Linguistics: Language acquisition, Phonetics, Phonology
Literature: Literature and reality/technology, Gender relations

01/2011 - 06/2011

University College Cork; Cork, Ireland
ERASMUS (Exchange programme)

09/1999 - 07/2008

Gymnasium Meßstetten; Meßstetten, Germany
Degree: Abitur (1,2)

  

Teaching
Lectures/Seminars

Winter Term 2018/2019: Statistics for Linguists (MA-level: 2 SWS)

Summer Term 2018: Phonetik II (BA-level: 2 SWS)

Summer Term 2017: Praat Scripting (MA-level, skills: 2 SWS)

Summer Term 2015: Phonetik II (BA-level: 2 SWS)

Summer Term 2014: Phonetik III, with Prof. Dr. Bettina Braun, (MA-level: 2 SWS)

Teaching Assistance / Tutorials

Winter Term 2017/2018: An Introduction to Methods in Linguistics (BA-level), taught by Prof. Dr. Bettina Braun

Winter Term 2014/2015: An Introduction to Methods in Linguistics (BA-level), taught by Prof. Dr. Bettina Braun

  

Grants and Awards
Grants

PhD Scholarship, Cusanuswerk, Bischöfliche Studienförderung (September, 2014 – July 2018).

Mentoring Programme, MEiN (Mentoring with Experts and International Networking) mentor: Prof. Anne Cutler (MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University).

Student member of SpeechNet BaWü, a research network of (female) experimental linguists working on speech. (Cooperation between Prof. Dr. Andrea Weber, Prof. Dr. Bettina Braun, Prof. Dr. Sabine Zerbian, JProf. Dr. Adriana Hanulíková (on the German side) and Prof. Anne Cutler (on the Australian side))

Full travel grant to Interspeech 2017, Stockholm, Sweden, by ISCA (International Speech Communication Association) (August, 2017).

Full travel grant to Speech Prosody 8, Boston, USA, by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) (May, 2016).

Full travel grant to PaPE, Cambridge, UK, by the Cusanuswerk, Bischöfliche Studienförderung (July, 2015).

Full travel grant to WILD, Stockholm, Sweden, by the Cusanuswerk, Bischöfliche Studienförderung (June, 2015).

Full travel grant to AMLaP, Edinburgh, UK, by the Cusanuswerk, Bischöfliche Studienförderung (September, 2014).

Full travel grant to Speech Prosody 7, Dublin, Ireland by the FAZIT Stiftung (May, 2014).

Awards

Shortlisted for best student paper at Interspeech 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden (August 2017).

LabPhon Award for best student paper at Tone and Intonation (TIE) in Kent, UK (September 2016).

CoEDL Student Award for attendance of Speech and Science Technology in Sydney, Australia (December 2016).

 

Language Proficiencies and Skills

Mother tongue: German

Foreign languages: English (fluent), French (fluent), Swedish (beginner)

Skills: Head Turn Preference Procedure, Switch Procedure, EyeLink II, Eyelink1000 Plus, Experiment Builder, Presentation, File Manager Pro (Database), • Statistics with R/R-Studio (ANOVA, LMER, GAMM), also Markdown, Praat scripting, Perl (beginner)

    

Interests

Tennis (competitive and coaching), Skiing, Reading, Travelling

    

    

Cremorne Point, Sydney, Australia.

    

 

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