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Dzhuma Abakarova

PhD Candidate

Research Assistant


Campus Golm
Building 29, Room 2.07

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


consulting hours
by appointment

About me

My current research interests revolve around speech perception, production and speech motor control. I try to learn more about it by researching how coarticulation works in adults and how it develops in children. This research gives me the fascinating opportunity to work with different types of data, acoustic, articulatory, behavioral, and to explore different methods of analysing these data. To make it all even better, I get to work with children – every time a kid enters the lab, you know it is going to be an adventure!

Aside from research, I love reading, watching and sometimes creating science fiction which, by the way, first exposed me to linguistics and made me realize its beauty and importance.

Research Projects

Master project: Coarticulatory resistance in German adults
PhD project: Modeling gestural organisation in adults and children


2018: Master degree, General Linguistics, University of Potsdam, Germany
2012: Diploma in Linguistics, Dagestan State University, Makhachkala, Russia

Awards and honours

2019: Short-term research stay grant by German Academic Exchange Service's (DAAD)
2015:Student Travel Award, Ultrafest VII Conference, Hong Kong
2014-2015: Master's Degree Scholarship by German Academic Exchange Service's (DAAD)


Bachelor’s Thesis: Isabella Helbig, BSc Linguistics, University of Potsdam, co-supervised with Dr. Aude Noiray. Title: “Imitation at crossroads between perception and production”

Technical Experience

Ultrasound imaging
R (data processing, analysis and visualisation)
PRAAT (acoustic analysis, basic programming)
MATLAB (analysis of articulatory data in MAVIS and Mview, TaDA, basic programming)


  Peer-reviewed journals

Abakarova, D., Iskarous, K., & Noiray, A. (in revision). Developmental differences in coarticulatory degree are related to the maturation of articulatory strategies.

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

Abakarova, D., Iskarous, K., & Noiray, A. (2018). Quantifying lingual coarticulation in German using Mutual Information: an ultrasound studyJournal of Acoustical Society of America, 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 imagingJournal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, (61), 1355-1368. DOI:10.1044/2018_JSLHR-S-17-0148.

  Conference proceedings

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

Abakarova, D., Iskarous, & Noiray, A. (2017). Quantification of coarticulatory resistance in German with ultrasound. Speech Motor Control, Groningen, July, 7th.

Abakarova, D., Iskarous, K., Ries, J., & Noiray, A.(2017). Quantifying lingual coarticulation versus invariance in German. Abstraction, Diversity, and Speech Dynamics, Munich, May 3rd.

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

Noiray, A., Abakarova, D., Rubertus, E., & Mooshammer, C. (2016). Lexical and phonological effects on word planning in English childrenLabphon 15, Ithaca, July 13th.

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 invariance. Ultrafest VII, Hong Kong, Dec 8-10.

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, Dec 8-10.

  Invited talks, oral presentations at conferences

Modeling the development of coarculatory patterns. Colloquium "Typical and atypical language acquisition", University of Potsdam

Age dfference in coatriculatory patterns. Colloquium SPAN group, Universty of Southern Calfornia, USA

Coarticulation and invariance in German children and adults. Colloquium "Typical and atypical language acquisition", University of Potsdam

Development of Coarticulation in German Children. Phonological colloquium, University of Potsdam

Phonotactic Probability in Language Acquisition: Effects, Measures and Tools, Language
Acquisition Colloquium, University of Potsdam