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Trends in Phonetics and Phonology

Studies from German-speaking Europe

Edited By Adrian Leemann, Marie-José Kolly, Stephan Schmid and Volker Dellwo

This volume was inspired by the 9th edition of the Phonetik & Phonologie conference, held in Zurich in October 2013. It includes state of the art research on phonetics and phonology in various languages and from interdisciplinary contributors. The volume is structured into the following eight sections: segmentals, suprasegmentals, articulation in spoken and sign language, perception, phonology, crowdsourcing phonetic data, second language speech, and arts (with inevitable overlap between these areas).
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Voice Äpp: “My voice – my dialect”



The present paper describes the project of the development of a new smartphone application. The application has two main functionalities, which both focus on the individuality of the user’s speech: 1) Based on a sentence the user is prompted to record, the application calculates and displays characteristics of the user’s voice. 2) The application uses automatic speech recognition to determine the dialect of a speaker from German-speaking Switzerland on the basis of his dialectal pronunciation of a set of given words. Aside from these core functionalities, the app provides him with basic tutorials on speech production and perception. Voice Äpp is designed as being both personal and interactive. In a playful way, the user learns about voice characteristics, dialects and phonetics. The user data collected by both functionalities of the application will be a valuable source for linguistic research in the fields of dialectology and (forensic) phonetics.


Phonetics, ASR-based dialect localization, voice profile, speaker, smartphone application

*   Corresponding author:, Tel: +41 44 634 59 48

a   Phonetics Laboratory, Department of Comparative Linguistics, University of Zurich, Plattenstrasse 54, 8032 Zürich, Switzerland

b   Phonetics Laboratory, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA, United Kingdom

c   Laboratoire d’Analyse et Technologie du Langage, Department of Linguistics, University of Geneva, Rue de Candolle 2, 1211 Genève, Switzerland

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