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Simon Wehrle M.A.

Institut für Linguistik - Phonetik
Herbert-Lewin-Straße 6
50931 Köln

E-Mail: simon.wehrleSpamProtectionuni-koeln.de

PhD Project

Prosody and Communication in Second Language Learners and Speakers with High-Functioning Autism
-supervised by Prof. Martine Grice and Prof. Kai Vogeley

funded by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation)

associated with Project A02 of the SFB 1252 Prominence in Language at the University of Cologne

Publications and Talks


  • Simon Wehrle & Martine Grice (2019). Function and Prosodic Form of Backchannels in L1 and L2 German. Poster presentation, HISPhonCog 2019 (Hanyang International Symposium on Phonetics and Cognitive Sciences of Language), May 2019, Seoul.
  • Simon Wehrle, Francesco Cangemi, Martina Krüger & Martine Grice (in press). Somewhere over the spectrum: between singsongy and robotic intonation. Proceedings of 14th Associazione Italiana Scienze della Voce Conference, January 2018, Bolzano, 1-19.


  • Simon Wehrle, Timo B. Roettger & Martine Grice (2018). Exploring the dynamics of backchannel interpretation: The meandering mouse paradigm. Talk, ProsLang: Workshop on the Processing of Prosody across Languages and Varieties. November 2018, Wellington, New Zealand. (Award for Best Student Paper)
  • Simon Wehrle (2018). Dialogue management and intonation in autism and second-language speech. Invited lecture, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, November 2018.
  • Simon Wehrle, Francesco Cangemi & Martine Grice (2018). Why so quiet? The nature and significance of silent gaps in second language communication. Poster presentation, Workshop on Prosody and Meaning: Information Structure and Beyond, November 2018, Aix-en-Provence.
  • Rie Asano, Pia Bornus (...), Simon Wehrle et al. (2018). Spring School on Language, Music and Cognition: Organizing Events in Time. Music & Science, 1, 1-17.
  • Simon Wehrle, Francesco Cangemi, Kai Vogeley & Martine Grice (2018). The timing of turn-taking in high-functioning autism. Poster presentation, Phonetik und Phonologie im deutschsprachigen Raum (P&P) 14, September 2018, Vienna.
  • Francesco Cangemi, Simon Wehrle & Martine Grice (2018). Same intonational categories, different phonetic indices. Talk, RFP 2018 - 16th Annual Conference of the French Phonology Network. June 2018, Paris.
  • Simon Wehrle (2018). Prosody and Communication in High-Functioning Autism and Second Language Speech. Talk, Doktorandenforum Kultur der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, March 2018, Wittenberg.
  • Simon Wehrle & Francesco Cangemi (2018). Transfer the floor: the timing of turn-taking in high-functioning autism. Poster presentation, Spring School on Language, Music and Cognition, February-March 2018, Cologne.


  • Anna Bruggeman, Simon Wehrle, Francesco Cangemi, Dina El Zarka & Martine Grice (2017). Unifying Speaker Variability with the Tonal Center of Gravity.  Proceedings of Phonetik und Phonologie im deutschsprachigen Raum (P&P) 13, Berlin, 21-24.
  • Simon Wehrle (2017). Speaking across the Spectrum: Prosody and Communication in Asperger Syndrome and Second Language Speech. Talk, P&P 13 / Junge Phonologie in Deutschland (JuPiD) 2017, September 2017, Berlin.
  • Simon Wehrle, Timo B. Roettger & Martine Grice (2017). Tracking the Perceptual Effects of Backchannel Behaviour in Asperger Syndrome and Second Language Speech. Talk, ProPro 2017: Processing Prosody Across Languages, Varieties and Nativeness, August-September 2017, Tübingen.
  • Juliane Zimmermann, Martina Krüger, Simon Wehrle, Kai Vogeley & Martine Grice (2017). Communication in Asperger Syndrome focusing on pragmatic prosody. Poster presentation, Sychronization in Communication Systems, June 2017, East Lansing, Michigan.


  • Francesco Cangemi, Dina El Zarka, Simon Wehrle, Stefan Baumann & Martine Grice (2016). Speaker-specific Intonational Marking of Narrow Focus in Egyptian Arabic. Proceedings of the 8th Speech Prosody Conference, Boston, 335-339.
  • Simon Wehrle (2016). Non-Natives, Non-Neurotypicals and Other Individuals: Prosody in Second Language Speech and Asperger Syndrome. Talk, Paris-Cologne Collaborative Meetings at Atelier de Recherche sur la Parole, Université Paris Diderot, November 2016, Paris.
  • Simon Wehrle, Francesco Cangemi, Martine Grice & Kai Vogeley (2016). Individual Behaviour in Encoding and Decoding Prosodic Prominence. Poster presentation, LingUnite 2016 RWTH Aachen, Oktober 2016, Aachen.
  • Dina El Zarka, Francesco Cangemi & Simon Wehrle (2016). Prosodic Correlates of Narrow Information Focus in Egyptian Arabic. Talk, Workshop Prosody and Information Structure in Stuttgart, März 2016, Stuttgart.


  • Kieu-Phuong Ha & Simon Wehrle (2015). Bericht über den Nachwuchsworkshop „Vietnamesische Sprache und Kultur“. a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne Jahrbuch 2014-2015.
  • Simon Wehrle & Martine Grice (2015). Backchannels in Map Tasks in L1 German, L1 Vietnamese & L2 German. Poster presentation, Workshop on Vietnamese Prosody, August 2015, Cologne.


  • SoSe 19 Hauptseminar Communication in Autism (with Martine Grice and Juliane Zimmermann)
  • WS 16/17 Seminar Phonetic Aspects of Second Language Speech (with Martine Grice)
  • Co-supervision of three BA theses on the topic of second language phonetics