In the past, I have been involved in work on speech rhythm with Ee
Ling Low, Francis Nolan and David Deterding. We have
developed an acoustic measure for rhythm, the PVI (Pairwise Variability
Index). The PVI provides an acoustic basis for a weak categorical distinction
between so-called stress- and syllable-timed languages (e.g. Dutch, English
and German vs. French and Spanish). But the data also show that there
are languages which do not fit into the stress-timed or the syllable-timed
group, at least as far as PVI values are concerned. If you would like to calculate PVI values for your own speech data,
you can download this
MS-Excel worksheet. The worksheet contains
the formula. All you have to do is enter your own measurement values.
The work for my doctoral dissertation was carried out at the Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics and at the University of Nijmegen under the supervision of Anne Cutler and Carlos Gussenhoven. My thesis can be downloaded from the web.
Other professional activities
Between 2002 and 2005, I worked as a scientific coordinator on a
European Science Foundation Network. The Network was called
Europe (TIE), and was chaired by Carlos Gussenhoven. The funding period ended early this year. The other
coordinators were Amalia Arvaniti (San Diego), Gorka Elordieta (Vittoria),
Sonia Frota (Lisbon),
Aditi Lahiri (Konstanz), Tomas Riad (Stockholm) and Norval Smith (Amsterdam).
For information on the Network, click
here. Since 2002, we've held workshops in
Konstanz in Germany, in
Oxford in the UK
Cascais in Portugal.
A final conference organised by the network has taken place in
Santorini in Greece in September 2004. A volume with publications from the meeting will appear in due course.
I teach general phonetics, experimental phonetics and phonology and I have supervised undergraduate and PhD students (but I'm not a member of the teaching staff; I hold a research position). Finally, I am a regular reviewer for a number of journals and for the UK Research Councils.
Grabe, E. and Low, E.L. (2002)
.doc Durational Variability in Speech
and the Rhythm Class Hypothesis. Papers in Laboratory Phonology 7,
Grabe, E. (2002) .doc Variation adds to prosodic typology. In B.Bel and I. Marlin (eds), Proceedings of the Speech Prosody 2002 Conference, 11-13 April 2002, Aix-en-Provence: Laboratoire Parole et Langage, 127-132. ISBN 2-9518233-0-4.
Grabe, E. and Post, B. (2002) .doc Intonational Variation in English. In B.Bel and I. Marlin (eds), Proceedings of the Speech Prosody 2002 Conference, 11-13 April 2002, Aix-en-Provence: Laboratoire Parole et Langage, 343-346. ISBN 2-9518233-0-4.
Eriksson, A., Grabe, E., and Traunmueller, H. (2002). Perception of syllable prominence
by listeners with and without competence in the tested language.
In B.Bel and I. Marlin (eds),
of the Speech Prosody 2002 Conference, 11-13 April 2002, Aix-en-Provence: Laboratoire Parole
et Langage, 275-278. ISBN 2-9518233-0-4.
Grabe, E., Post, B. and Nolan, F. (2001) .doc Modelling intonational Variation in English. The IViE system. In Puppel, S. and Demenko, G. (eds). Proceedings of Prosody 2000, 51-57, Adam Mickiewitz University, Poznan, Poland.
Low, E.L., Grabe, E. and Nolan, F. (2001). Quantitative characterisations of
speech rhythm: Syllable-timing in Singapore English. Language and Speech
43 (4), 377-401.
Grabe, E., Post, B., Nolan, F., and Farrar, K. (2000). Pitch accent
realisation in four varieties of British English. Journal of Phonetics
Low, E.L. and Grabe, E. (1999). A contrastive study of prosody and lexical stress placement in Singapore English and British English. Language and Speech 42 (1).
Grabe, E., Post, B., and Watson, I. (1999) .doc The acquisition of rhythmic patterns in English and French. Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, San Francisco, August, 1999.
Rietveld, T., Wichman, A., Gussenhoven, C., and Grabe, E. (1999). The differential perceptual effect of the L*H pitch accent in British English and Dutch. Proceedings of the Tutorial and Research Workshop on Dialogue and Prosody. Eindhoven, The Netherlands, September 1-3, 1999.
Grabe, E., Gut, U., Post, B. and Watson, I. (1999). The Acquisition of Rhythm in
English, French and German. Current Research in Language and Communication:
Proceedings of the Child Language Seminar 1999, London, City University.
Grabe, E. (1998a) .doc Comparative Intonational Phonology: English and German. MPI Series in Psycholinguistics 7, Wageningen, Ponsen en Looien.
Grabe, E. (1998b). Pitch accent realisation in English and German. Journal of Phonetics 26, 129-144.
Grabe, E. Gussenhoven, C., Haan, J., Marsi, E., and Post, B. (1998). Preaccentual pitch and speaker attitude in Dutch. Language and Speech 41 (1).
Grabe, E., Nolan, F., and Farrar, K. (1998). IViE - A comparative transcription
system for intonational variation in English. Proceedings of ICSLP 98,
Grabe, E. Comparative Intonation Analysis: English and German (1997). In Proceedings of the ESCA Workshop on Intonation: Theory, Models and Applications, Athens, Greece.
Nolan, F., and Grabe, E. (1997). Can ToBI transcribe intonational variation
in English? In Proceedings of the ESCA Workshop on Intonation: Theory,
Models and Applications, Athens, Greece.
Grabe, E. and Warren, P. (1995). Stress Shift: do speakers do it or do listeners use it? In B. Connell and A. Arvaniti (eds.), Papers in Laboratory Phonology IV. Phonology and Phonetic Evidence. Cambridge: CUP.
Low, E. and Grabe, E. (1995). Prosodic patterns in Singapore English. In Proceedings of the XIIIth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Stockholm, Vol 3, 636-639.
Warren, P., Nolan, F., Grabe, E. and Holst, T. (1995). Post-lexical and prosodic phonological processing. Language and Cognitive Processes 10.
Warren, P., Grabe, E. and Nolan, F. (1995). Prosody, phonology and closure
ambiguities. Language and Cognitive Processes 10.
Grabe, E., Warren, P. and Nolan, F. (1994). Resolving category ambiguities
- evidence from stress shift. Speech Communication 15.
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