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Cologne, 11-12 June 2015

Thanks to all for making the workshop a great success!

Speech communication does not take place in a vacuum, but develops in a social and cultural space. The interplay between speakers generates an overwhelming variety of gradient phenomena of mental and linguistic behaviour. However, many traditional linguistic frameworks cannot capture quantitative aspects of cognitive behaviour since they are restricted to qualitative descriptions of discrete categories.

Dynamical systems approaches are a promising step towards the integration of discrete and gradient phenomena. These approaches aim to model speech in terms of articulatory gestures, movement patterns of invertebrates, bird songs, atypical speech, or abstract word recognition patterns. They have in common that they focus on the time-varying aspects of a system’s behavior. Rather than studying phenomena in isolation, they seek to study the interaction between different phenomena and synthesize insights from different fields.

The aim of this workshop is primarily to bring together people doing research on different dynamical systems, as well as related areas, to pool resources and exchange ideas in an interdisciplinary context.  We will address questions such as the following: What do we learn from the movement patterns of invertebrates about human tongue movements in spoken language? What do birds songs tell us about human intonation patterns? What do we learn from atypical speech when linguistic constituents seem to be blurred? Is there a line between prosody and segments? How can we model articulatory behaviour with respect to perception?




  • Štefan Beňuš (Constantine the Philosopher University, Nitra)
  • Ioana Chitoran (Université Paris Diderot)
  • Taehong Cho (Hanyang University, Seoul)
  • Adamantios Gafos (Universität Potsdam & Haskins Laboratories)
  • Louis Goldstein (USC Los Angeles & Haskins Laboratories)
  • Phil Hoole (IPS Universität München)
  • Massimiliano Iraci (Università del Salento, Lecce)
  • Khalil Iskarous (USC Los Angeles & Haskins Laboratories)
  • Jim Magnuson (University of Connecticut & Haskins Laboratories)
  • Tine Mooshammer (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Haskins Laboratories)
  • Serge Pinto (Aix-Marseille Université)
  • Marianne Pouplier (IPS Universität München)
  • Tanner Sorensen (Universität Potsdam)
  • Betty Tuller (NSF)
  • Wolfram Ziegler (Clinical Neuropsychology Research Group (EKN), München)


  • Michael Barbe (Uniklinik Köln)
  • Martine Grice (IfL Phonetik Köln)
  • Anne Hermes (IfL Phonetik Köln)
  • Doris Mücke (IfL Phonetik Köln)
  • Timo Röttger (IfL Phonetik Köln)