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Katharina Zahner

Katharina Zahner
PhD-Student
Fachbereich Sprachwissenschaft 
Universität Konstanz 
78457 Konstanz 
Germany

katharina.zahner/at/uni-konstanz.de

phone:   +49 (0) 7531 88 2587
room:   F 208b

 

 

News - Upcoming Events
May 2016: KIDS Corpus online

The KIDS Corpus (Konstanz prosodically annotated infant-directed speech corpus) is now online. It comprises prosodic and morphosyntactic annotations of utterances from 16 German mothers. Check it out! We will present the corpus at Speech Prosody 8 in Boston. Here is the paper and the poster introducing the KIDS Corpus.

October 2016: Visiting fellow at MARCS

As part of a DAAD project of SpeechNet BaWü and Prof. Anne Cutler, I will be a visting fellow at MARCS institute at the Western Sydney University with Prof. Anne Cutler from October, 28th to December, 11th 2016. We will be conducting an eye tracking study on the processing of stress and intonation with Australian listeners in Sydney.

UPCOMING EVENT: August / September 2017: ProPro Workshop in Tübingen (SpeechNet)

Workshop on "Processing prosody across languages, varieties and nativeness" to be held in Tübingen, August 31st to September, 1st. Key Note: Anne Cutler (MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University), Invited speakers: Sarah A. Bibyk (University of Rochester/Vanderbilt University), Kiwako Ito (The Ohio State University), Giuseppina Turco (CNRS/Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris).

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

Workshop at DGfS 2018 to be held 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. Invited speaker: Natalie Boll-Avetisyan(University of Potsdam). Submission deadline: August, 1st

Research Interests

First Language Acquisition / Phonetics / Prosody / Intonation

  • Basically, I am interested in prosodic aspects of speech perception in infants and adults.
  • My research focuses on how infants exploit rhythmic patterns, intensity and pitch information when segmenting running speech.
  • I am also interested in how adults perceive and use stress and intonation in order to process natural speech.
  • Another field I am working in is infant-directed speech and its role in first language acquisition.
  • For my research, I use the Head Turn Preference Procedure and Eye Tracking (Visual World Paradigm).
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    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 -

    University of Konstanz; Konstanz, Germany
    Academic Staff in the project 6 (p6) of the Forschergruppe Questions at the Interface (substitution of maternity leave)

    10/2016 - 12/2016

    MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University; Sydney, Australia
    Visting fellow, mentor: Prof. Anne Cutler

    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

    Summer Term 2017: Praat Scripting (2 SWS)

    Summer Term 2015: Phonetik II (2 SWS)

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

    Teaching Assistance

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

      

    Workshops, Publications and Talks
    Scientific Meetings and Schools

    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 (upcoming: March, 7 - 9, 2018)

    Co-organizer: "Prosody and Meaning" in Konstanz (upcoming: 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)

    Publications

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

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

    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)

    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)

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

    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 presentations

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

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

    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. (upcoming: July 2017)

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

    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). 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.

    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)

    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.

      

    Grants and Awards
    Grants

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

    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

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

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

     

    Language Proficiencies

    Mother tongue: German

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

        

    Skills

    Head Turn Preference Procedure, EyeLink II, Eyelink1000 Plus, Experiment Builder, R/R-Studio, Praat Scripting, Perl

        

    Interests

    Tennis (competitive and coaching), Skiing, Reading, Language Teaching

        

        

    For full CV including publications see (pdf)

        

     

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