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Dr. Aviad Albert

Institut für Linguistik - Phonetik
Herbert-Lewin-Str. 6
D-50931 Köln

E-Mail: a.albert@uni-koeln.de

ORCID: 0000-0002-2428-5587
Twitter: @AlbertAviad
Mastodon: @finkelbert@lingo.lol
OSF: osf.io/s3tmp
ResearchGate: Aviad-Albert
GitHub: finkelbert

Working on phon{etics/ology}, with emphasis on auditory perception and cognition, and the tension between dynamic and symbolic models of language.

My doctoral dissertation, A model of sonority based on pitch intelligibility, was accepted by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne in 2022 (summa cum laude). It was supervised by Prof. Martine Grice and Prof. Doris Mücke and it was supported by funds from the DAAD and SFB 1252 Prominence in Language.

Current projects

Project A01 in the SFB 1252 Prominence in Language

Since May 2023, postdoc in Project A01 in the SFB 1252 (Intonation and attention orienting: Neurophysiological and behavioural correlates).


ProPer: PROsodic analysis with PERiodic energy

Goal: Using periodic energy to account for quantitative aspects of pitch we present a set of ProPer tools that exploit the interaction between continuous acoustic entities — F0 and periodic energy — to achieve richer visualizations and more complete characterizations of prosodic aspects of speech: prosodic prominence, pitch contour and speech-rate.

Check out the open ProPer repository on OSF at https://osf.io/28ea5/

Selected publications

  • Albert, Aviad. 2023. A Model of Sonority Based on Pitch Intelligibility. Studies in Laboratory Phonology 13. Berlin: Language Science Press. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.7837176
  • Sbranna, Simona, Caterina Ventura, Aviad Albert, and Martine Grice. 2023. Prosodic Marking of Information Status in Italian. Journal of Phonetics 97. doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2023.101212.
  • Albert, Aviad, and Bruno Nicenboim. 2022. Modeling Sonority in Terms of Pitch Intelligibility with the Nucleus Attraction Principle. Cognitive Science 46. doi:10.1111/cogs.13161.
  • Albert, Aviad. 2022. Sonority in Modern Hebrew. Radical: A Journal of Phonology 4: 531-594.
  • Albert, Aviad. 2019. The state of stop-fricative alternations in Modern Hebrew. In Modern Hebrew Phonetics and Phonology: Descriptive Studies. Eds. Noam Faust, Evan-Gary Cohen & Outi Bat-El. Brill’s Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics 11. 132-162.
  • Cangemi, Francesco, Aviad Albert & Martine Grice. 2019. Modelling intonation: Beyond segments and tonal targets. In the proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2019).
  • Albert, Aviad, Francesco Cangemi & Martine Grice. 2018. Using periodic energy to enrich acoustic representations of pitch in speech: A demonstration. In the proceedings of Speech Prosody 9.
  • Botwinik, Irena & Aviad Albert. 2015. Prosodic Prominence in Hebrew Binominal Construction: The Occurrance of šel. In the online proceedings of pS-prominenceS: Prominences in Linguistics. Viterbo, Italy.
  • Albert, Aviad, Brian MacWhinney, Bracha Nir & Shuly Wintner. 2013. The Hebrew CHILDES Corpus: Transcription and Morphological Analysis. Language Resources and Evaluation 47(4): 973-1005.
  • Albert, Aviad & Hadass Zaidenberg. 2012. Filler Syllables in the Acquisition of Hebrew: A Prosodic Account. Brill’s Annual of Afoasiatic Languages and Linguistics (BAALL) 4: 162-188.



Check out my music projects on https://finkelbert.com/