Dr. Aude Noiray

Group leader


Campus Golm
Building 14, Room 2.05

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


consulting hours
by appointment

About Me

My research currently focuses on the (a)typical development of spoken language in children. I aim to track how the maturation of speech motor control interacts with 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. 

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 seven 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.


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


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, 2019: 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: D. Abakarova, S. Krüger, E. Rubertus, T. Rebernik (with M. Wieling),  O. Kolozsvári (with J. Hämäläinen)  

 2020: Postdoctoral fellows: A. Popescu/ M.Sc students: J. Sander, O. Taylor
 2019: M.Sc students: L. Hintermeier; N. Gonen, A. Bocian, B.Sc. student: I. Helbig (co-supervized with D. Abakarova) 
 2018: M.Sc students: S. Krüger, R. Moffat (co-supervized with M. Wieling)
 2016-2017: M.Sc. students: D. Abakarova; B.Sc. students: G. Kaiser (co-supervized with E. Rubertus)
 2015: M.Sc. student: El. Rubertus
 2014: B.Sc. students: E. Rubertus; J. Hartel 

Third-part fundings & scholarships

2018-2021 : Research grant, DFG. Principal Investigator
Understanding spoken language organization in the first decade of life
2017: Scientific event grant, DFG. Main Coordinator
Conference Ultrafest VIII
2014- 2017: Research grant, DFG. Principal Investigator
 New methodologies for investigating the development of coarticulation in  children
2015- 2019: Marie Curie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network. Investigator, PhD supervisor, Training Manager of the 15 early stage researchers. Main coordinator: Prof. Höhle
PredictAble: understanding and predicting developmental language abilities and disorders in multilingual Europe
2004- 2006: Merit-based PhD scholarship (MENRT, France)
2003: Merit-based DEA Scholarship, Centre Régional des Oeuvres Universitaires & Scolaires (CROUS)

Collaboration in funded projects

2019-2024: Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. PI: M. Wieling. 
Project: Speech planning and monitoring in Parkinson's disease
2019-2020: De Jong Akademie, KNAW. PI: M. Wieling. 
Project: Speech deterioration in children with Duchenne syndrome

Organization of conferences, workshops & scientific events

2021         Speech Motor Control Conference. Role: co-organizer, plenary speaker

2018          Dynamical Systems Theory for the Phonetic Sciences, guest speaker: Pr. Iskarous
                      Role: Main organizer with D. Abakarova, S. Krüger, A. Popescu, J. Sander
                     Satellite Ultrasound Evidence in Phonology, Labphon 16, Lisbon
                      Role: Co-organizer with D.H. Whalen and S. Lulich
                      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

Submitted journal manuscripts

  Popescu, A. & Noiray, A. (first review). Reading proficiency interacts with speech articulation: better readers show greater speech motor differentiation.

  Krüger, S. & Noiray, A. (first review). Developmental differences in perceptual anticipation underlie different sensitivities to coarticulatory dynamics.

  Kolozsvári, O.,  Xu. W; Parviainen, T. ; Nieminen, L.; Noiray, A.; Hämäläinen, J. (in revision). Age-related differences in coherence between brain activation and speech envelope at word and sentence levels

  Rebernik, T., Jacobi, J., Jonkers, R., Noiray, A., & Wieling, M. (in revision). Reviewing 30 years of electromagnetic articulography: some suggestions for improved experimental approaches

Peer reviewed publications

  Offrede, T., Jacobi, J., Rebernik, T., de Jong, L., Keulen, S., Veenstra, P., & Noiray, A., & Wieling, M., (2020). The impact of alcohol on L1 versus L2. Language and Speech.

  Noiray, A. Ries, J., Tiede, M., Rubertus, E., Laporte, C, & Ménard, L. (2020). Recording and analyzing kinematic data in children and adults with SOLLAR: Sonographic & Optical Linguo-Labial Articulation Recording system (SOLLAR). Laboratory Phonology, 11(1):14, 1-25. DOI

    Rubertus, E., & Noiray, A. (2020). Vocalic activation width decreases across childhood: evidence from carryover coarticulation. Laboratory Phonology, 11(7). DOI

 Noiray, A., Popescu, A.,  Killmer, H., Rubertus, E., Krüger, S., & Hintermeier, L. (2019). Spoken language development and the challenge of skill integrationFrontiers in Psychology, Language Sciences. DOI

  Noiray, A., Wieling, M., Abakarova, D., Rubertus,E., & Tiede, M. (2019). Back from the future: nonlinear anticipation in adults and children´s speechJournal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 62(8S), 3033–3054Pre-final version here.

 Popescu, A.,  Noiray, A. (2019). Reading proficiency and phonemic awareness as predictors of coarticulatory gradients in children. Proceedings of BUCLD 44, Boston, Nov.7-10.

  Wieling, M., Blankevoort, C., Hukker, V., Jacobi, J., de Jong, L., Keulen, S., Medvedeva, M., van der Ploeg, M., Pot, A., Rebernik, T., Veenstra, P., & Noiray, A. (2019). The influence of alcohol on L1 versus L2 pronunciation.  International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences, ICPHS, August 5-8, Melbourne (4 pages).

  Rubertus, E. & Noiray, A. (2018). On the development of gestural organization: A cross-sectional study of vowel-to-vowel anticipatory coarticulation. PLOS One. DOI

  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

  Rebernik, T., Jacobi, J., Jonkers, R., Noiray, A., & Wieling, M. (submitted, 2020). Experimental approaches in electromagnetic articulography. LabPhon17, Vancover (online due to Covid). 

  Krüger, S. & Noiray, A (2020). Are developmental differences in vocalic lingual anticipation perceivable? Insights from German child and adult listenersInternational Seminar on Speech Production, Providence.

  Popescu, A., & Noiray, A. (2020). Coarticulatory organization in beginner readers: a multifactorial interaction approachInternational Seminar on Speech Production, Providence.

  Rubertus, E., Popescu, A., & Noiray, A. (2020). Development of coarticulation: comparing modalities in beginning readersInternational Seminar on Speech Production, Providence.

  Rubertus, E., Noiray, A. (2020). Anticipatory and carryover coarticulation share a similar origin: evidence from child speech. International Seminar on Speech Production, Providence.

  Abakarova, D., Iskarous, K, & Noiray, A. (2020). Articulatory strategies and coarticulation pattern across ageInternational Seminar on Speech Production, Providence

  Noiray, A. (2019). Units of phonological awareness & units of speech production in development. UQAM, Montreal. Invited talk.

  Noiray, A. (2019). Anticipation in language acquisition: interaction with speech motor control and phonological development. Humboldt University, Berlin, January 13. Invited talk.

  Sander., J., Höhle, B.,  Altvater-Mackensen, N., & Noiray, A. (2019). Gaze dynamics during infants´vocal development. WILD conference, June 13-15, Potsdam. Poster.

  Krüger, S. & Noiray, A. (2019). How much in advance can listeners perceive upcoming speech targets? Insights from children and adults. Conference Phonetics and Phonology in Europe. Poster.

  Popescu, A., Hintermeier, L., Krüger, S. & Noiray, A. (2019). Does the acquisition of reading affect speech production? Conference Phonetics and Phonology in Europe. Poster.

  Sander., J., Höhle, B., & Noiray, A. (2019). From the eye to the mouth: does a developmental shift in attention co-emerge with the emergence of babbling? Conference Phonetics and Phonology in Europe. Poster.

  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 Conference, 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 modelling. 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. Poster.

  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., 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 Conference, Groningen, July 7th 2017. Oral presentation.

  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 tongueAcoustics’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).