Prof. Dr. Margaret Zellers

Juniorprofessur Phonologie und Phonetik

Telefon: +49 431 880 3314

Leibnizstraße 10, R.426

Sprechstunde im Sommersemester 2018:

Mi 14-15



Prof. Dr. Margaret Zellers
Institute for Scandinavian Studies, Frisian and General Linguistics
Department of General Linguistics
Christian-Albrechts-Universität  zu Kiel
Olshausenstraße 40
D-24098 Kiel

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Prosody; perception; conversational speech; turn-taking; second-language phonetics/phonology; topic structure


Work Experience

Sept 2017- present

Junior Professor in Phonetics and Phonology
Institut für Skandinavistik, Frisistik und Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft,
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany

Sept 2015- Aug 2017

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Linguistics: English, Universität Stuttgart, Germany
SFB 732: Incremental Specification in Context, project A7: Cross-linguistic interactions in second-language prosody

Jan 2013- Dec 2014

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Speech, Music & Hearing, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm, Sweden
Perception of Prosody in Linguistic Contexts (VR-435-2011-6871)

May-Dec 2012

ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York, UK
Multiple-methods approaches to discourse topic structure (ES/J005711/1)

Sept 2007-Sept 2010

Early Stage Researcher, MCRTN Sound to Sense
Research Centre for English & Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, UK




PhD, Prosodic Detail and Topic Structure in Discourse
Clare College, University of Cambridge
Supervisor: Dr. Brechtje Post


MPhil, English and Applied Linguistics
Clare College, University of Cambridge


BA, Linguistics
Georgetown University (Washington, DC, USA)



Peer-reviewed articles

Zellers, M. & Schweitzer, A. (accepted) Exploring prosodic and conversational context factors in pitch perception. To appear in Proceedings of 9th Speech Prosody, Poznán, Poland.

Zellers, M. & Schweitzer, A. (2017) An investigation of pitch matching across adjacent turns in a corpus of spontaneous German. In Proceedings of Interspeech 2017, Stockholm, Sweden, pp. 2336-2340.

Zellers, M. (2016) Prosodic variation and segmental reduction and their roles in cuing turn transition in Swedish. Language and Speech 60(3): 454 – 478.

Zellers, M. (2016) Prosodic convergence with spoken stimuli in laboratory data. In Proceedings of Interspeech 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Zellers, M., House, D. & Alexanderson, S. (2016) Prosody and gesture at Swedish turn boundaries. In Proceedings of 8th Speech Prosody, Boston, USA, pp. 831-835.

Zerbian, S., Turco, G., Schauffler, N., Zellers, M. & Riester, A. (2016) Contrastive topic constituents in German. Proceedings of 8th Speech Prosody, Boston, USA, pp. 345-349.

Bissiri, M.P. & Zellers, M. (2015) Perception of pitch in glottalizations of varying duration by German listeners. In Proceedings of 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, Scotland.

Zellers, M. (2014) Perception of pitch tails at potential turn boundaries in Swedish. In Proceedings of 15th Interspeech, Singapore, pp. 1944-1948.

Bissiri, M.P., Zellers, M. & Ding, H. (2014) Perception of glottalization in varying pitch contexts in Mandarin Chinese. In Proceedings of 7th Speech Prosody, Dublin, Ireland, pp. 633-637.

Zellers, M. & Ogden, R. (2014) Exploring interactional features with prosodic patterns. Language and Speech 57(3): 285-309.

Zellers, M. (2013) Prosodic variation for topic shift and other functions in local contrasts in conversation. Phonetica 69(4):231-253.

Bissiri, M.P. & Zellers, M. (2013) Perception of glottalization in varying pitch contexts across languages. In Proceedings of 14th Interspeech, Lyon, France.

Zellers, M. (2013) Pitch and lengthening as cues to turn transition in Swedish. In Proceedings of 14th Interspeech, Lyon, France, pp. 248-252.

Zellers, M. & Post, B. (2012) Combining formal and functional approaches to topic structure. Language and Speech 55: 119-139.

Zellers, M., Post, B. & Williams, J. (2011) Implicit learning of lexical stress patterns. In Proceedings of ICPhS 2011, Hong Kong.

Zellers, M., Gubian, M. & Post, B. (2010) Redescribing intonational categories with Functional Data Analysis. In Proceedings of 11th Interspeech, Makuhari, Japan.

Zellers, M. & Post, B. (2010) Aperiodicity at topic structure boundaries. In Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2010, Chicago, USA.

Zellers, M., Post, B. & D'Imperio, M. (2009) Modelling the intonation of topic structure: two approaches. In Proceedings of 10th Interspeech, Brighton, UK.


Peer-reviewed book chapters

Zellers, M., Schuppler, B., & Clayards, M. (to appear) Introduction, or: why rethink reduction? In Cangemi, F., Clayards, M., Niebuhr, O., Schuppler, B., & Zellers, M. (eds.) Rethinking Reduction: Interdisciplinary perspectives on conditions, mechanisms, and domains for phonetic variation.

Niebuhr, O. & Zellers, M. (2012) Late pitch accents in hat and dip intonation patterns. In Niebuhr, O. & Pfitzinger, H.R. (eds.) Prosodies: Context, Function, and Communication. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter.


Edited volumes

Cangemi, F., Clayards, M., Niebuhr, O., Schuppler, B. & Zellers, M. (eds.) (to appear) Rethinking Reduction: Interdisciplinary perspectives on conditions, mechanisms, and domains for phonetic variation. De Gruyter.

Hilton, N., Arscott, R., Barden, K., Krishna, A., Shah, S. & Zellers, M. (eds.) (2007) Proceedings of CamLing 2007. Cambridge Institute of Language Research, Cambridge, UK.


Other publications

Hjalmarsson, A. & Zellers, M. (2015) Spot the difference – a dialog system to explore turn-taking in an interactive setting. In SEMDIAL 2015 goDial, pp. 178-179.

Zellers, M. (2014) Duration and pitch in perception of turn transition by Swedish and English listeners. In Heldner, M. (ed.), Proceedings of FONETIK 2014, Stockholm, Sweden, 9-11 June 2014.

Zellers, M. & Post, B. (2011) Fundamental frequency and other prosodic cues to topic structure. In Yoo, H.-W. & Delais-Roussarie, E. (eds.), Actes de la conférence Interface Discours & Prosodie (IDP) 2009. 377-386.