The team of Speech Lab Groningen consists of the following members. Please click on the picture to jump to a longer description.
prof. dr. Martijn Wieling
Martijn Wieling is Professor by special appointment of Low Saxon / Groningen Language and Culture at the Center for Groningen Language and Culture and an Associate Professor at the University of Groningen. In addition, he is Affiliated Scientist at Haskins Laboratories. His research focuses on investigating language variation and change quantitatively, with a specific focus on the Low Saxon language. He uses both large digital corpora of text and speech, as well as experimental approaches to assess differences in the movement of the tongue and lips during speech. Since April 2018, Martijn Wieling is the vice-chairman of De Jonge Akademie, and since April 2019, he is member of the Global Young Academy.
You can read more about his work on his website.
Jidde Jacobi works as a PhD student at both the University of Groningen and Macquarie University (Sydney). His research focuses on speech difficulties, namely discoordination of speech gestures, as a result of Parkinson’s disease. By means of electromagnetic articulography he studies the articulatory trajectories of the tongue, lips and jaw for speech of patients. The project is funded by both the University of Groningen and Macquarie University. The project is supervised by dr. Michael Proctor, prof. dr. Ben Maassen, dr. Roel Jonkers and prof. dr. Martijn Wieling.
You can read Jidde’s science blog here.
Teja Rebernik is a PhD student at the University of Groningen. Her research focuses on speech planning and monitoring in Parkinson’s disease, which she studies using electromagnetic articulography and ultrasound tongue imaging. She has worked on several projects related to speech motor control, neurolinguistics and disordered speech.
You can read more about Teja’s activities here.
Lisanne de Jong
Lisanne is a Research Master’s student at the University of Groningen and has been a part of the Speech Lab since January 2018. Since then, she has been involved in various research projects and outreach events that use ultrasound tongue imaging. Her interests include second language learning, language development and computer-assisted language learning. She is currently working on her Master’s thesis, for which she collected ultrasound data at the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam.
Martijn Bartelds is PhD Student at the Computational Linguistics department at the University of Groningen. His research focuses on the development of data-driven approaches to investigate language variation and change. He is also interested speech recognition techniques and develops computational models that recognize regional language speakers. His current work is focused on the Low Saxon language.
Hedwig is a second year student of the ReMa Language and Cognition, focussing mainly on dialectology and sociolinguistics. She is mostly involved with projects concerning the Groningen dialect, such as Stemmen and Van Old noar Jong, but has worked with EMA and ultrasound as well. In the future, she hopes to use these articulographic techniques to do qualitative and quantitative research on the Groningen dialect and to be further involved in the preservation and promotion of this language.
Nora is a second-year Master student of the ReMa Language and Cognition. She first obtained a bachelor in Literature and Modern Languages and a masters degree in linguistics in Brussels. Nora is also a musician and has always been passionate about the relationship between music and languages. After an internship in auditory neurophysiology and an internship in neurolinguistics, she decided to pursue a research master in which she would mainly focus on music. She’s been involved in several project focusing on speech disorders, phonetics, and music. She’s working on the Duchenne project and also currently doing an internship at the Boston Children Hospital at the Gaab lab working on the role of music as a remediation tool for speech disorders.
Raoul is a research master student of linguistics, with a BA in Linguistics from the University of Groningen. He specializes in phonetic language variation in the broad sense, but more specifically focuses on approaches to analyzing pronunciation patterns in dialects. Combined with his statistical competence he applies and develops methods to improve language preservation. As a longtime resident of Groningen he is particularly interested in the dialects spoken in the region, such as variants of Gronings, but also nearby Drents and Frisian dialects. Related interests include automatic speech recognition and speech production in general.
Tom is a research master student of linguistics. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in his hometown, Brasilia, Brazil. He studied psychology for three years, which sparked his interest in behavior and cognition. Before concluding his Bachelor studies, however, he changed his major to (and earned his diploma in) English teaching, linguistics, and literature. During that period, he conducted research in descriptive linguistics, studying the morphosyntax of three Brazilian indigenous languages. He is currently focusing on bilingualism, mainly from a psycholinguistic perspective.