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.

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The size of the tongue movement area affects the temporal coordination of consonants and vowels— A proof of concept on investigating speech rhythm
Tomaschek, F., Leemann, A. 20/11/2018 In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America Express Letters. 144, 5, p. 410-416. 7 p.
Journal article

Regional variation of /r/ in dialects of Swiss German
Leemann, A., Schmid, S., Studer-Joho, D., Kolly, M. 09/2018 In: Proceedings of Interspeech 2018. Interspeech p. 2738-2742. 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

Singende Walliser, langsame Berner, rhythmische Bündner – Prosodische Variation im Schweizerdeutschen
Leemann, A., Spreer, M., Otten, M. 2018
Other 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

Big Data for analyses of small-scale regional variation: A case study on sound change in Swiss German
Leemann, A., Kolly, M. 10/2016 In: Phonetik und Phonologie. p. 99-103. 5 p.
Conference contribution

‘Chend’ met <e> – ‘Kind’ mit <e>: using Big Data to explore phoneme-to-grapheme mapping in Lucerne Swiss German
Zihlmann, U., Leemann, A. 10/2016 In: Phonetik und Phonologie. p. 236-240. 5 p.
Conference contribution

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

Dialektologie vermitteln - Dialekte ermitteln. Die Dialäkt Äpp errät und erfasst, woher Testpersonen kommen
Kolly, M., Leemann, A. 2015 In: Sprachspiegel. p. 78-85. 8 p.
Chapter

Dialäkt Äpp: communicating dialectology to the public – crowdsourcing dialects from the public
Kolly, M., Leemann, A. 2015 In: Trends in Phonetics and Phonology. Bern : Peter Lang Electronic ISBN: 9783035108699.
Chapter

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

Swiss Voice App: “My voice – my dialect”
Hove, I., Leemann, A., Kolly, M., Dellwo, V., Goldman, J. 2015 In: Trends in Phonetics and Phonology. Bern : Peter Lang Electronic ISBN: 9783035108699.
Chapter

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

Crowdsoucring regional variation in speaking rate through the the iOS app 'Dialäkt Äpp'
Leemann, A., Kolly, M., Schmid, S. 2014 In: Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2014. p. 217-221. 5 p.
Conference contribution

Dialäkt Äpp: Dialektologie vermitteln - Dialekte ermitteln"
Leemann, A., Kolly, M. 2014 In: 2013 Jahresbericht des Schweizerischen Idiotikons. p. 21-44.
Chapter

Disentangling sources of rhythmic variability between dialects
Leemann, A., Dellwo, V., Kolly, M., Schmid, S. 2014 In: Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2014. p. 693-697. 5 p.
Conference contribution

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

Verbrecherjagt mit gesprochener Sprache: Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der forensischen Phonetik
Dellwo, V., Hove, I., Leemann, A., Kolly, M. 2014 In: Kriminalistik. p. 119-126. 8 p.
Chapter

Voice Äpp. A smartphone application for crowdsourcing Swiss German dialect data
Kolly, M., Leemann, A., Dellwo, V., Goldman, J., Hove, I., Almajai, I. 2014
Conference paper

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

New approaches towards modeling fundamental frequency contours in Valais Swiss German
Leemann, A., Peter, N. 2013 In: L'étude de la prosodie en Suisse. Neuchâtel : Institut des sciences du langage et de la communication, Université de Neuchâtel, p. 43-56. 14 p.
Chapter

Methodological reflections on the phonetic-phonological continuum, illustrated on the prosody of Swiss German dialects
Leemann, A., Siebenhaar, B. 2012 In: Methods in Contemporary Linguistics. Berlin : De Gruyter p. 21-44. 24 p.
Chapter

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

Rhythmic variability in Swiss German dialects
Leemann, A., Dellwo, V., Kolly, M., Schmid, S. 2012 In: Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2012. ISCA p. 607-610. 4 p.
Conference contribution

Speaker idiosyncratic rhythmic features in the speech signal
Dellwo, V., Leemann, A., Kolly, M. 2012 In: Proceedings of Interspeech 2012. ISCA p. 1584-1587. 4 p.
Conference contribution

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

Declarative sentence intonation patterns in 8 Swiss German Dialects
Leemann, A., Zuberbühler, L. 2010 In: Proceedings of Interspeech 2010. ISCA p. 1768-1771. 4 p.
Conference contribution

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

Statistical Modeling of F0 and Timing of Swiss German Dialects
Leemann, A., Siebenhaar, B. 2010 In: Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2010. ISCA 4 p.
Conference contribution

Analysis of Voice Fundamental Frequency Contours of Continuing and Terminating Phrases of Four Swiss German Dialects
Leemann, A., Hirose, K., Fujisaki, H. 2009 In: Proceedings of Interspeech 2009. ISCA p. 2419-2422. 4 p.
Conference contribution

Command-response modeling of spontaneous Swiss German dialectal speech
Leemann, A., Hirose, K. 2009 In: Proceedings of the Spring Meeting of the Acoustical Society of Japan 2009.
Conference contribution

Intonational Variation in Swiss German
Leemann, A. 2009 In: Language variation. European perspectives II. Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company p. 135-143. 9 p. ISBN: 9789027234858.
Chapter

Perception of Dialectal Prosody
Leemann, A., Siebenhaar, B. 2008 In: Proceedings of Interspeech 2008. ISCA p. 524-527. 4 p.
Conference contribution

Swiss Alpine and Midland Intonation
Leemann, A., Siebenhaar, B. 2008 In: Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2008. p. 289-292. 4 p.
Conference contribution

Vowel Quality of Swiss EFL Speakers
Leemann, A. 2008 In: Accents in English as a non-native language. p. 16-32. 17 p.
Chapter

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.
Book

Intonational and Temporal Features of Swiss German
Leemann, A., Siebenhaar, B. 2007 In: ICPhS XVI. Saarbrücken : Universität des Saarlandes p. 957-960. 4 p.
Paper

Prosodic Features of Spontaneous Utterance-Initial Phrases in Bernese and Valais Swiss German
Leemann, A., Siebenhaar, B. 2007 In: Language and Linguistics. . Taipei : Insitute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica p. 129-146. 18 p.
Chapter

Prosodic Features of Spontaneous Utterance-Initial Phrases in Bernese and Valais Swiss German
Leemann, A., Siebenhaar, B. 2006 In: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Linguistic Patterns in Spontaneous Speech (LPSS 2006). Taipei : Academia Sinica, Institute of Linguistics p. 127-142. 16 p.
Conference contribution