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Dr. Aude Noiray

Group coordinator


Campus Golm
Building 14, Room 2.05

Linguistics Department
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 24-25
14476 Potsdam


by appointment

About Me

My research currently focuses on the (a)typical development of spoken language in children. I aim to track how speech motor control matures in parallel to perceptual, lexical, and phonological developments. Other domains of interests regard the development of anticipatory processes, the relation between spoken language & literacy, or between planning and production processes.
To read more about on-going studies, please visit Projects.

Aside research, I love travelling around the world and hiking. There is nothing more energising and relaxing for me than being in the mountains. In the past six years, I have also become a passionate dancer. Thanks to dance, I have developed a new perspective on both language and motor control and I can better appreciate how the body stands as a universal communication tool.


haskins.yale.edu/staff/noiray.html   researchgate.net/profile/Aude_Noiray Associate Member Laboratoire de Phonétique de l’UQAM, Montréal


2015-now: Researcher and group leader LOLA, University of Potsdam, Germany
2012-2014: Post-doc, University of Potsdam, Germany
2007-2012: Post-doc, Haskins Laboratories, New Haven, USA
Febr. 2008: Doctorate, Language Sciences (magna cum laude), GIPSA lab Stendhal University, Grenoble, France

Recent teaching

Summers & Winters 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018: Invited block seminars in the M.Sc. Linguistics, EMCL, IECL and in the B.Sc. Linguistics programs
  Selected Topics in Language Acquisition
  Typical and atypical language acquisition
  Development of speech production
  Fondation for scholarly work
Summer 2012-2014: Lecturer, B.Sc. Linguistics
  Selected Topics in Language Acquisition
  Typical and atypical language acquisition
  Development of speech production
From 2004- 2007: Lecturer, B.Sc. Language Sciences Dep., Stendhal University, Grenoble
  Phonetic-Phonology I: Language development from birth to first words
  Phonetic-Phonology II: Articulatory phonetics; consonant systems of the world’s languages
  Textual practices (oral and written communication)


  PhD candidates: Dzhuma Abakarova, Stella Krüger, Elina Rubertus
  M.Sc. candidates: Adi Bocian, Lisa Hintermeier, Jennifer Sander 
  B.Sc. candidates: Isabella Helbig 
  Interns: Olivia Taylor
 2018: M.Sc candidates: Stella Krüger, Ryssa Moffat (co-supervized with M. Wieling)
 2016-2017: M.Sc. candidates: Dzhuma Abakarova; B.Sc. candidates: Gwendolyn Kaiser 
 2015: M.Sc. candidates: Elina Rubertus
 2014: B.Sc. candidates: Elina Rubertus; Julia Hartel 

External funding & scholarships

2018- : Research grant: Understanding spoken language organization in the first decade of life, DFG    (Principal Investigator)
2017: Scientific event grant: conference Ultrafest VIII, DFG (Main Coordinator)
2014- 2017: Research grant: New methodologies for investigating the development of coarticulation in   children, DFG (Principal Investigator)
2015- 2019PredictAble: understanding and predicting developmental language abilities and disorders
in multilingual Europe, Marie Curie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training
Network (Role: investigator, supervisor, Training Manager of the 15 Early Stage Researchers)
2004- 2006: Merit-based PhD scholarship (MENRT, France)
2003: Merit-based DEA Scholarship, Centre Régional des Oeuvres Universitaires & Scolaires (CROUS)

Organization of conferences, workshops & scientific events

  2018          Satellite Ultrasound Evidence in Phonology, Labphon 16, Lisbon
                      Role: Co-organizer with D.H. Whalen and S. Lulich
                      Title of my workshop: Tutorial on ultrasound research in (a)typical language development
  2017          Conference Ultrafest VIII, Potsdam, 77 participants, 16 countries
                      Role: Main organizer, with D. Abakarova, N. Gonen, S. Krüger, E. Rubertus
                      Language acquisition Poster session, gathering all language 
                      acquisition groups (Baby-lab, Crossing the boarders, LOLA, NOLA, PredictAble
  2011          International Seminar on Speech Production, Montréal, 160 participants, 10 countries
                      Role: Co-organizer with L. Ménard, S. Baum, V. Gracco, and D. Ostry
  2010          Conference Ultrafest V, New Haven, USA, 85 participants, 7 countries
                      Role: Co-organizer with D.H. Whalen, and K. Iskarous
  2009          Birth to Five initiative, Haskins labs-University of Southern California, USA
                      Role: Co-organizing working groups and proposal writing

Peer reviewed publications

  Noiray, A., Wieling, M., Abakarova, D., Rubertus,E., & Tiede, M. (revision under review). Back from the future: nonlinear anticipation in adults and children´s speech.

  Rubertus, E. & Noiray, A. (2018). On the development of gestural organization: A cross-sectional study of vowel-to-vowel anticipatory coarticulationPLOS One. DOI.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0203562

  Abakarova, D., Iskarous, K., & Noiray, A. (2018). Quantifying lingual coarticulation in German using Mutual Information: an ultrasound studyJournal of Acoustical Society of America, 144(2), 897-907. DOI: 10.1121/1.5047669

  Noiray, A., Abakarova, D., Rubertus, E., Krüger, S., & Tiede, M (2018). How children organise their speech in the first years of life? Insight from ultrasound imaging. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 61, 1355-1368. DOI:10.1044/2018_JSLHR-S-17-0148.

  Noiray A., Iskarous K., & Whalen, & D-H. (2014). Variability in English vowels is comparable in articulation and acousticsLaboratory Phonology, 5(2), 271-288. DOI: 10.1515/lp-2014-0010

  Noiray A., Ménard L., & Iskarous K. (2013). The Development of Motor Synergies in Children: Ultrasound and Acoustic MeasurementsJournal of Acoustical Society of America, 133(1), 444-452.  DOI:10.1121/1.4763983. 

  Ménard L., & Noiray A. (2011). The development of lingual gestures in speech: Comparing synthesized vocal tracts with natural vowels. Fait de Langues, 37, 189-202. PMID: 25383006.

  Noiray A., Cathiard M-A., Ménard L., & Abry C. (2011). Test of the Movement Expansion Model: Anticipatory vowel lip protrusion and constriction in French and English speakersJournal of Acoustical Society of America, 129 (1), 340-349. DOI:10.1121/1.3518452.

  Whalen, D. H., Shaw, P. A., Noiray, A., & Antony, R. (2011). Analogs of Tahltan consonant harmony in English CVC syllables. In W.-S. Lee & E. Zee (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 2129-2132. Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong.

  Kavitskaya D., Iskarous K., Noiray, A., & Proctor, M. (2008). Trills and palatalization: Consequences for sound change. Proceedings of the 17thMeeting of Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics, New Haven, May 9-11, 97-110.

  Noiray, A, Iskarous K., & Whalen D.H. (2008). Tongue-jaw synergy in vowel height production: Evidence from American EnglishProceedings of 8th International Speech Production Seminar, Strasbourg, (Eds.) Sock, R., Fuchs, S., Laprie, Y., Strasbourg, France, 81-84.

  Noiray A., Ménard L., Cathiard M.A., Abry, C., & Savariaux C. (2004). The development of anticipatory labial coarticulation in French: A pioneering studyProceedings of 8th ICSLP, Jeju Island, 53-56.

Book chapters

  Noiray, A., Cathiard MA., Abry C. & Ménard L. (2010). Lip Rounding Anticipatory Control: Crosslinguistically Lawful and Ontogenetically Attuned. Speech Motor Control: New developments in basic and applied research, ed. Ben Maassen & Pascal H.H.M. van Lieshout, Oxford University Press. 153-171.

  Noiray, A., Cathiard MA., Ménard L. & Abry C. (2008). Emergence of a vocalic gesture control: Attunement of the anticipatory rounding temporal pattern in French children. Emergence of language Abilities, ed. Sophie Kern, Frédérique Gayraud et Egidio Marsico, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 100-116.

Presentations in conference & invited talks

  Noiray, A. (2018). Tracking spoken language development from infants to school-aged children. University of Groningen. Invited talk.

  Noiray, A. (2018). Tutorial on ultrasound research in (a)typical language acquisition. Labphon 16, Satellite: Ultrasound Evidence in Phonology, Lisbon. Invited satellite.
  Noiray, A. (2018). Seeing the invisible in the speech of children using ultrasound imaging. ISOLDE, Potsdam University. Invited workshop.
  Noiray, A. (2018). What can ultrasound imaging tell us about typical language acquisition. Psychological Institute Mainz University. Invited talk.

  Noiray, A. (2017). Coarticulatory organization in the first years of life. Workshop Dynamic modeling, Phonetic Institute Cologne. Invited talk.

  Tserkezis, S., Ries, J., Noiray, A. (2017). Lingual coarticulation in German typical versus reading disordered children. Ultrafest 8, Potsdam, October 4-6.

  Noiray, A. (2017). Acquisition of spoken language fluency in relation to phonological and speech motor control development. Winter school Speech Production and Perception, Chorin, January 7th 2017. Invited workshop.

  Noiray, A. (2017). How does the tongue learn to speak a language fluently? A cross-sectional study in German children. Speech Motor Control Conference, Groningen, July 7th 2017. Oral presentation.

  Noiray, A., Abakarova, D., Rubertus, E., & Ries, J. (2017). How does the tongue learn to speak a language fluently? A cross-sectional study in German. Speech Motor Control, Groningen.

  Abakarova, D., Iskarous, K., Ries, J., & Noiray, A. (2017). Quantifying lingual coarticulation versus in GermanAbstraction, Diversity, and Speech Dynamics, Munich.

  Krüger, S., Noiray, A, & Ries, J. (2017). The development of vowel space in German speaking childrenAbstraction, Diversity, and Speech Dynamics, Munich. 

  Noiray, A., Abakarova, D., Rubertus, E., & Ries, J. (2017). On the domain of intra-syllabic coarticulation in German childrenAbstraction, Diversity, and Speech Dynamics, Munich.

  Rubertus, E., Abakarova, D., Ries, J., & Noiray, A. (2017). Comparing coarticulatory directions in child speech. Proceedings of PaPe, Cologne

  Rubertus, E., Abakarova, D., Ries, J., & Noiray, A. (2016). Anticipatory V-to-V Coarticulation in German PreschoolersProceedings of P&P 12, Munich.

  Noiray, A., Abakarova, D., Rubertus, E., Iskarous, K., Ries, J., & Tiede, M (2016). Coarticulation magnitude in German childrenLabphon 15, Ithaca.

  Noiray, A, Abakarova, D., Rubertus, E., & Mooshammer, C. (2016). Lexical and phonological effects on word planning in English childrenLabphon 15Satellite Speech planning and production in children, Ithaca.

  Noiray, A, Rubertus, E., & Mooshammer, C. (2016). Phonological competition in young learners of EnglishLabphon 15Satellite Speech planning and production in children, Ithaca.

  Noiray, A., Ries, J., & Tiede, M. (2015). Sonographic & Optical Linguo-Labial Articulation Recording system (SOLLAR), Ultrafest VII, Hong Kong.

  Rubertus, E., Abakarova, D., Ries, J., Tiede, M., & Noiray, A. (2015). Development of coarticulation in German children: Acoustic and articulatory locus equationsUltrafest VII, Hong Kong.

  Abakarova, D., Iskarous, K., Ries, J., Tiede, M., & Noiray, A (2015). Development of coarticulation in German children: Mutual Information as a measure of coarticulation and invarianceUltrafest VII, Hong Kong.

  Rubertus, E., Noiray, A., & Mooshammer, C. (2015). Speech planning in preschoolers’ picture naming. Proceedings Workshop on Infant Language Development, Stockholm, Sweden, 155.

  Noiray, A. (2014). Phonological competition in children´s speech planning. Phonetic Institute,Cologne, January 13th 2014. Invited talk.

  Ménard L., Toupin C., Thibeault M., Noiray A., Giroux M., & Rousseau M. C. (2010). A study of VCV coarticulation in 4-year-old children and adults. Ultrafest V, New Haven.

  Whalen D.H., Noiray, A., Iskarous K., & Bolanos L. (2009). Relative contribution of jaw and tongue to the vowel height dimension in American English. Acoustics’09, San Antonio.

  Noiray A., Iskarous K., & Whalen D.H. (2008). Digital acquisition of ultrasound imaging of the tongue. Acoustics’08, Paris.

  Noiray A., Ménard, L. Cathiard MA., & Abry, C. (2006). Production de l’anticipation d’arrondissement chez des enfants francophones et des adultes francophones et anglophones. Congrès de l’ACFAS, Montreal.

  Noiray A., Cathiard MA., Ménard L., & Savariaux C. (2005). A compter de quel âge les enfants français maîtrisent-ils le geste d’arrondissement ? 100 ans de Phonétique expérimentale, Grenoble.

  Noiray A (2004). Méthodologie de recueil de parole pour l’étude de la coarticulation anticipante chez l’enfant. Journées PRASC (Pôle Rhône-Alpes de Sciences Cognitives), Grenoble.


  PhD dissertation: L'anticipation d'arrondissement vocalique et le Modèle d'Expansion du Mouvement. Deux extensions : du français à l'anglais et de l'adulte à l'enfant 
(Translation: Vocalic rounding anticipation and the Movement Expansion Model. Two extensions: from French to English and from children to adults.)

  Master Language Science dissertation: Capturer la voix des émotions authentiques chez l'acteur: premiers pas vers "peut-on entendre le jeu de l'acteur"? 
(Translation: First step in capturing the expression of natural versus simulated emotions in the voice of actors).