Team

The team of Speech Lab Groningen consists of the following members. Please click on the picture to jump to a longer description. 

Principal Investigator

PhD student 

PhD student

PhD student

PhD student

PhD student

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.

Contact: m.b.wieling@rug.nl

Jidde Jacobi

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.

Contact: j.jacobi@rug.nl

Teja Rebernik

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.

Contact: t.rebernik@rug.nl

Martijn Bartelds

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.

Contact: m.bartelds@rug.nl

Wietse de Vries

Wietse de Vries is PhD Student at the Computational Linguistics department at the University of Groningen. His research focuses on development and application of large computational language models with deep learning techniques. His main focus is the development of methods to make language models usable for medium- and low-resource languages.

Contact: wietse.de.vries@rug.nl

Raoul Buurke

Raoul is a PhD candidate at the Computational Linguistics department within the University of Groningen. His research focuses on the changing speech patterns of dialects in the Netherlands. To this end, he applies advanced statistical methods and dialectometric approaches to phonetic transcriptions of dialect speaker data. The methodological innovations and fine-tuning involved in these analyses are of great interest to him, as well as the direct feedback of scientific results to dialect organizations and speakers.

Contact: raoul.buurke@rug.nl

Thomas Tienkamp

Thomas Tienkamp is a PhD student at the University of Groningen. His research focuses on articulation development following surgical oral cancer treatment using electromagnetic articulography and acoustic methods. In the past, Thomas has worked on projects about phonetic changes after oral cancer treatment and sentence processing in aphasia.

Contact: t.b.tienkamp@rug.nl

Hedwig Sekeres

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.

Contact: h.g.sekeres@student.rug.nl

Katharina Polsterer

Katharina is a research master’s student of Language and Cognition at the University of Groningen. In her work, she intends to combine her backgrounds in speech and language pathology (logopaedics) and linguistics. Her main research interests focus on the interface of phonetics/phonology and neurolinguistics with a clinical orientation. Previously, she has also contributed to analyses of phonetic characteristics in second language acquisition using acoustic measurement techniques. Katharina is currently involved in a project investigating Childhood Apraxia of Speech by means of electromagnetic articulography.

Contact: k.m.polsterer@student.rug.nl

 

 

Maria Polychronidou

Maria is a research master student of Language and Cognition at the University of Groningen. Her research interests are in neurolinguistics and clinical linguistics, and she is keen to examine the relationship between neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s’ and Parkinson’s and disordered speech. She is currently investigating the use of diadochokinesis task in speech disorders.

Contact: m.polychronidou@student.rug.nl

Alumni

Lisanne de Jong (completed a project on the effect of ultrasound tongue imaging training and a ReMa thesis on coarticulation in Dutch children)

Tom Offrede

Milica Janić

Danja Lješević

Nora Jamoulle (PhD candidate at KU Leuven)