Melanie Weirich

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Despite various studies describing longer segment durations and slower speaking rates in females than males, there appears to be a stereotype of women speaking faster than men. To investigate the mismatch between empirical evidence and this widespread stereotype, listening experiments were conducted to test whether a relationship between perceived tempo and(More)
This study examines possible differences between the acoustic realization of the intersibilant contrast /s/~/ʃ/ in German and American English. A range of acoustic parameters (COG, standard deviation, skewness, kurtosis and Discrete Cosine Transformation coefficients) are calculated to characterize the spectra of the two sibilants. Significant differences(More)
Purpose Mumbling as opposed to clear speech is a typical male characteristic in speech and can be the consequence of a small jaw opening. Whereas behavioral reasons have often been offered to explain sex-specific differences with respect to clear speech, the purpose of this study is to investigate a potential anatomical reason for smaller jaw openings in(More)
[2] postulates that the multi-ethnolect Hood German (as spoken in Berlin, Ger) differentiates three realizations of /ç/: [ç], [ɕ] and [∫]. Earlier acoustic analyses of 1192 tokens of /ç/ from the ZASspontaneous speech database (collected from 9 adolescent speakers of the Hood German multiethnolect) [9] showed no reliable differences in curtosis, skewness,(More)
The purpose of this study is to investigate the potential relationship between speaking fundamental frequency and acoustic vowel space size, thus testing a possible perceptual source of sex-specific differences in acoustic vowel space size based on the greater inter-harmonic spacing and a poorer definition of the spectral envelope of higher pitched voices.(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to further explore the understanding of speaker-specific realizations of the /s/-/ʃ/ contrast in German in relation to individual differences in palate shape. METHOD Two articulatory experiments were carried out with German native speakers. In the first experiment, 4 monozygotic and 2 dizygotic twin pairs were(More)
In Berlin German, the identification of /ç/ as in Fichte ‘spruce’ versus the alveopalatal fricative /ʃ/ in fischte (3. sg. past tense) ‘to fish’ is influenced by what neighborhood in Berlin hearers believe a speaker comes from (KB: Kreuzberg: multi-ethnic, multi-cultural or ZD: Zehlendorf: mono-ethnic, upscale, affluent area) and the inferences made as to(More)
German speakers receive different ratings in their perceived vocal attractiveness and personality characteristics. An experiment was conducted to evaluate the perceived personality attributions of 32 German listeners and find acoustic cues that correlate to these attributions. The attributed opposition pairs on which the speakers were judged were reduced by(More)
In order to study how dynamical properties of the motor plant are accounted for in movement planning, an optimal motor planning hypothesis was proposed in the late eighties. It suggested that forward and inverse internal models of the dynamics of the motor plant are learned in the brain, and that these models are used to compute and minimize a cost along(More)