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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.
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
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: Dzhuma Abakarova, Stella Krüger, Elina Rubertus
M.Sc. students: Adi Bocian, Lisa Hintermeier, Jennifer Sander
B.Sc. students: Isabella Helbig (co-supervized with D. Abakarova)
Interns: Olivia Taylor
2018: M.Sc students: Stella Krüger, Ryssa Moffat (co-supervized with M. Wieling)
2016-2017: M.Sc. students: Dzhuma Abakarova; B.Sc. students: Gwendolyn Kaiser (co-supervized with E. Rubertus)
2015: M.Sc. students: Elina Rubertus
2014: B.Sc. students: Elina Rubertus; Julia Hartel
2018- : 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 ESR. 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)
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
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
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.
Noiray, A., Popescu, A., Killmer, H., Rubertus, E., Krüger, S., & Hintermeier, L. (journal paper in revision). Children’s coarticulatory patterns are sensitive to their degree of phonological awareness and vocabulary.
Noiray, A. Ries, J., Tiede, M., & Ménard, L. (submitted special edition Laboratory Phonology). Sonographic & Optical Linguo-Labial Articulation Recording system (SOLLAR).
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. Pre-final version before proof available here.
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. (forthcoming, 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.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0203562
Abakarova, D., Iskarous, K., & Noiray, A. (2018). Quantifying lingual coarticulation in German using Mutual Information: an ultrasound study. Journal 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 acoustics. Laboratory 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 Measurements. Journal 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 speakers. Journal 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 English. Proceedings 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 study. Proceedings of 8th ICSLP, Jeju Island, 53-56.
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.
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 German. Abstraction, Diversity, and Speech Dynamics, Munich.
Krüger, S., Noiray, A, & Ries, J. (2017). The development of vowel space in German speaking children. Abstraction, Diversity, and Speech Dynamics, Munich.
Noiray, A., Abakarova, D., Rubertus, E., & Ries, J. (2017). On the domain of intra-syllabic coarticulation in German children. Abstraction, 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 Preschoolers. Proceedings of P&P 12, Munich.
Noiray, A., Abakarova, D., Rubertus, E., Iskarous, K., Ries, J., & Tiede, M (2016). Coarticulation magnitude in German children, Labphon 15, Ithaca.
Noiray, A, Abakarova, D., Rubertus, E., & Mooshammer, C. (2016). Lexical and phonological effects on word planning in English children. Labphon 15, Satellite Speech planning and production in children, Ithaca.
Noiray, A, Rubertus, E., & Mooshammer, C. (2016). Phonological competition in young learners of English. Labphon 15, Satellite 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 equations. Ultrafest 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 invariance. Ultrafest 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).