Stephanie Berger, M.A.

sberger@isfas.uni-kiel.de

PhD student

Leibnizstraße 10, room 414

 

 

 

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Research interests:

Prosody, acoustics, perception, charismatic speech

 

Education

 

07/2018 – present

Work on PhD thesis, fellowship granted by the Federal State Grant Schleswig-Holstein (Landesgraduiertenstipendium der CAU Kiel)

Working title: „Like, comment, subscribe“ – Charisma sells? An acoustic-prosodic analysis of YouTube entrepreneurs‘ charismatic speech.

 

10/2014 – 08/2017

M.A. in Linguistics and English Studies

Institut für Skandinavistik, Frisistik und Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany

Master thesis: Winning over an audience – A perception-based analysis of prosodic features of charismatic speech (in part published as Berger et al. 2017)

 

10/2011 – 10/2014 

B.A. in Linguistics and English Studies, Institut für Skandinavistik, Frisistik und Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany

Bachelor thesis: You’re Shtanding on the Shtreet – /s/-Palatalization in the Context of Neighboring /r/ (see Berger 2014)

 

Grants

07/2018 – present   Federal State Grant Schleswig-Holstein (Landesgraduiertenstipendium), Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, for work on PhD thesis
 

 

Organization of conferences and workshops

2019

Co-organization of SEFOS – 1st International Seminar on the Foundations of Speech: Breathing, pausing and voice, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg, Denmark

 

11/2018

Co-organization of the workshop Prosody, Gestures and Conversation Analysis, Institut für Skandinavistik, Frisistik und Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany

 

09/2018 Co-organization of the workshop DIMA VIII (Annotation guidelines for German intonation), University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg, Denmark

                       

Teaching experience

11/2018 – 12/2018 

Teaching assignment, seminar: “Grundlagen der Phonetik” (“Introduction to phonetics”)

Institut für Skandinavistik, Frisistik und Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany

 

12/2014 – 02/2015 

Tutor, seminar: “Acoustics”

Institut für Skandinavistik, Frisistik und Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany

 

Presentations and publications

Berger, Stephanie. 2019a. Tonhöhenumfang und Lautstärkevariation auf YouTube – einige vorläufige Ergebnisse [Pitch range and intensity variation on YouTube – some preliminary results]. Invited speaker at the Linguistic Colloquium, Institut für Skandinavistik, Frisistik und Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Kiel University, 07 May 2019.

Berger, Stephanie. 2019b. The perception of YouTubers’ voices – Preliminary observations of a pilot perception experiment on the charismatic impression of YouTube Creators. Invited poster presentation at the workshop Measuring charismatic expression: Towards an integrated perspective from cultural and cognitive studies at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), University of Bielefeld, Germany, 29 June – 02 August 2019.

Berger, Stephanie, Oliver Niebuhr & Margaret Zellers. 2019. A preliminary study of charismatic speech on YouTube: correlating prosodic variation with counts of subscribers, views and likes (poster). Proc. 20th International Interspeech Conference, Graz, Austria, 1761–1765.

Berger, Stephanie, Oliver Niebuhr & Kerstin Fischer. 2018. Eliciting extra prominence in read speech tasks: The effects of different text-highlighting methods on acoustic cues to perceived prominence (poster). Proceedings of Speech Prosody 9, Poznań, Poland, 75–79.

Niebuhr, Oliver & Stephanie Berger. 2018. Charismatische Sprache in der Politik: Warum jede “Stimme” zählt [Charismatic speech in politics: Why every “voice” counts]. Invited speaker at the lecture series “An den Rändern der Sprache” [At the edges of language] at Kiel University, 08 May 2018.

Berger, Stephanie. 2018. Winning over an audience – What really matters within an “animated voice”. Invited speaker at the Research and Innovations in Persuasive Communication and Negotiation-Event at the Mads Clausen Institut of the University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg, Denmark, 15 March 2018.

Berger, Stephanie, Oliver Niebuhr & Benno Peters. 2017. Winning over an audience – A perception-based analysis of prosodic features of charismatic speech (poster). Fortschritte der Akustik – DAGA 2017, 43. Deutsche Jahrestagung für Akustik, Kiel, Germany, 1454–1457.

Berger, Stephanie, Carina Marquard & Oliver Niebuhr. 2016. INSPECTing read speech – How different typefaces affect speech prosody (presentation). Proceedings of Speech Prosody 8, Boston, Massachusetts, 513–517.

Berger, Stephanie. 2014. You’re Shtanding on the Shtreet – /s/-Palatalization in the Context of Neighboring /r/. In Oliver Niebuhr & Sarah Buchberger (Hgg.). Kieler Arbeiten der Linguistik und Phonetik (KALIPHO), Band 2. Kiel: Institut für Skandinavistik, Frisistik und Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, 1–32.