Dr Adrian Leemann

Lecturer in Language Variation and Change

Research Overview

I have a broad interest in speech communication. Over the past years I have conducted research on the production and perception of prosody, forensic phonetics, dialect identification, speaker identification, and dialect app development.

This website is currently under construction, see personal website.

Regional variation of /r/ in dialects of Swiss German
Leemann, A., Schmid, S., Studer-Joho, D., Kolly, M. 3/06/2018 In: Proceedings of Interspeech 2018. 5 p.
Conference contribution

The role of segments and prosody in the identification of a speaker’s dialect
Leemann, A., Kolly, M., Nolan, F., Li, Y. 05/2018 In: Journal of Phonetics. 68, p. 69-84. 16 p.
Journal article

Visual input trumps auditory input: teaching English intonation
Portmann, L., Leemann, A. 16/02/2018 In: Proceedings of the Conference on Phonetics & Phonology in German-speaking countries (P&P 13). Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft p. 149-152. 4 p.
Conference contribution

l/-vocalisation in Lucerne Swiss German dialects: a sociophonetic analysis using big data
Zihlmann, U., Leemann, A. 16/02/2018 In: Proceedings of the Conference on Phonetics & Phonology in German-speaking countries (P&P 13). Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft p. 201-204. 4 p.
Conference contribution

The English Dialects App: the creation of a crowdsourced dialect corpus
Leemann, A., Kolly, M., Britain, D. 2018 In: Ampersand. 5, p. 1-17. 17 p.
Journal article

Using impact to make impact?: experiences from a dialect crowdsourcing project
Britain, D., Leemann, A., Kolly, M. 2018 In: Applying Linguistics . London : Routledge ISBN: 9781138237506.
Chapter

Grüezi, Moin, Servus – Wie wir wo sprechen
Leemann, A., Elspass, S., Möller, R., Grossenbacher, T. 15/12/2017 Rowohlt. 176 p. ISBN: 9783499633300.
Book

Listeners use temporal information to identify French- and English-accented speech
Kolly, M., Boula de Mareüil, P., Leemann, A., Dellwo, V. 02/2017 In: Speech Communication. 86, p. 121-134. 14 p.
Journal article

Analyzing geospatial variation in articulation rate using crowdsourced speech data
Leemann, A. 1/01/2017 In: Journal of Linguistic Geography. 4, 2, p. 76-96. 21 p.
Journal article

Editorial in Multiplicity of Cues and Functions in Prosody
Leemann, A., Post, B. 2017 In: Laboratory Phonology.
Editorial

Identifying a speaker's regional origin: the role of temporal information
Leemann, A., Kolly, M., Nolan, F. 31/05/2016 In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Speech Prosody (SP2016). p. 1081-1085. 5 p.
Conference contribution

Crowdsourcing language change with smartphone applications
Leemann, A., Kolly, M., Purves, R., Britain, D., Glaser, E. 4/01/2016 In: PLoS ONE. 11, 1
Journal article

Speaker-invariant suprasegmental temporal features in normal and disguised speech
Leemann, A., Kolly, M. 12/2015 In: Speech Communication. 75, p. 97-122. 26 p.
Journal article

Analysis of spatial variation with app-based crowdsourced audio data
Kolly, M., Leemann, A., Matter, F. 1/06/2015
Conference paper

Documenting Sound Change with Smartphone Apps
Leemann, A., Kolly, M., Britain, D., Purves, R., Glaser, E. 27/04/2015 In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 137, 4
Journal article

Rhythmic variability between speakers: articulatory, prosodic and linguistic factors
Dellwo, V., Leemann, A., Kolly, M. 03/2015 In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 137, 3, p. 1513-1528. 16 p.
Journal article

The recognition of read and spontaneous speech in local vernacular: the case of Zurich German dialect
Dellwo, V., Leemann, A., Kolly, M. 01/2015 In: Journal of Phonetics. 48, p. 13-28. 16 p.
Journal article

A Crowdsourcing Smartphone Application for Swiss German: Putting language documentation in the hands of the users
Goldman, J., Leemann, A., Kolly, M., Hove, I., Almajai, I., Dellwo, V., Moran, S. 2015 In: Proceedings of LREC 2014. European Language Resources Association (ELRA) 4 p. ISBN: 9782951740884.
Conference contribution

It's not phonetic aesthetics that drives dialect preference: the case of Swiss German
Leemann, A., Kolly, M., Nolan, F. 2015 In: Proceedings of ICPhS 2015. 5 p. Electronic ISBN: 9780852619414.
Conference contribution

Speaker-idiosynrasy in pausing behavior: evidence from a cross-linguistic study
Kolly, M., Leemann, A., Dellwo, V., Boula de Marëuil, P. 2015 In: Proceedings of ICPhS 2015. 5 p. Electronic ISBN: 9780852619414.
Conference contribution

The effect of speakers’ regional varieties on listeners’ decision-making
Leemann, A., Bernardasci, C., Nolan, F. 2015 In: Proceedings of Interspeech 2015. p. 1670-1674. 5 p.
Conference contribution

Trends in phonetics and phonology: Studies from German-speaking Europe
Leemann, A., Kolly, M., Schmid, S., Dellwo, V. 2015 Bern : Peter Lang. ISBN: 9783034316538. Electronic ISBN: 9783035193695.
Book

Voice Äpp: a mobile app for crowdsourcing Swiss German dialect data
Leemann, A., Kolly, M., Goldman, J., Dellwo, V., Hove, I., Almajai, I., Grimm, S., Robert, S., Wanitsch, D. 2015 In: Interspeech 2015. p. 2804-2808. 5 p.
Paper

The influence of speaking rate on Fujisaki model parameters
Mixdorff, H., Leemann, A., Dellwo, V. 13/08/2014 In: EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing. 2014, 11 p.
Journal article

The diffusion of /l/-vocalization in Swiss German
Leemann, A., Kolly, M., Werlen, I., Britain, D., Studer-Joho, D. 07/2014 In: Language Variation and Change. 26, 2, p. 191-218. 28 p.
Journal article

Speaker-individuality in suprasegmental temporal features: implications for forensic voice comparison
Leemann, A., Kolly, M., Dellwo, V. 05/2014 In: Forensic Science International. 238, p. 59-67. 9 p.
Journal article

Foreign accent recognition based on temporal information contained in lowpass-filtered speech
Kolly, M., Leemann, A., Dellwo, V. 2014 In: Interspeech 2014. p. 2175-2179. 5 p.
Paper

Speaker-individuality in Fujisaki model f0 features: implications for forensic voice comparison
Leemann, A., Mixdorff, H., O'Reilly, M., Kolly, M., Dellwo, V. 2014 In: International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law. 21, 2, p. 343-370. 28 p.
Journal article

L'étude de la prosodie en Suisse, Travaux neuchâtelois de linguistique (TRANEL 59)
Schwab, S., Leemann, A. 2013 Institut de linguistique: Université de Neuchâtel
Working paper

Methods in Contemporary Linguistics
Ender, A., Leemann, A., Wälchli, B. 2012 De Gruyter. ISBN: 9783110284669. Electronic ISBN: 9783110275681.
Book

Swiss German Intonation Patterns
Leemann, A. 2012 John Benjamins. ISBN: 9789027234902.
Book

Dialektale Intonation des Schweizerdeutschen
Leemann, A. 2010 In: Zeitschrift für Dialektologie und Linguistik. p. 185-206. 22 p.
Journal article

Acoustic Analysis of Swiss English Vowel Quality: A Quantitative and Qualitative Approach in Second Language Acquisition
Leemann, A. 2007 Arbeitspapiere des Instituts für Sprachwissenschaft ed. University of Bern.
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