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Phonetics research group

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Dr Gea de Jong-Lendle
Institute of German Linguistics
Phonetics research group
Philipps-Universität Marburg Pilgrimstein 16, room 217
D-35032 Marburg, Germany

Phone  +49 (0)6421 28 24603

Phonetics is a per se interdisciplinary and also very broad field of activity. It ranges from man-machine communication and the analysis of language after cochlear implants (hearing prostheses) to foreign language teaching and the analysis of dying languages. Our instructors with many years of professional experience enable us to offer the following applied fields of phonetics:

  • Variational linguistics
  • Forensics
  • Linguistics
  • Foreign Languages
  • Clinical phonetics and neurophonetics
  • Linguistic engineering

Considering the interdisciplinary orientation of phonetics and the scientific profiles of the instructors in Marburg, the majority of our projects are highly application-oriented. The new research laboratory of the Research Centre “Deutscher Sprachatlas“ (DSA) and the media centre in Biegenstraße provide the necessary technical support. There are cooperations with, e.g., the Research Centre “Deutscher Sprachatlas”, the Bundeskriminalamt in Wiesbaden (Federal Criminal Police Office, BKA) and the University of Cambridge’s Department of Linguistics (UK).

Degree programme: MA Speech Science

In cooperation with the Speech Science research group we offer the Master’s degree programme Speech Science. In addition to professional skills by means of, e.g., extensive practical exercises within courses, we convey extensive methodological expertise. Students are instructed to independently plan, conduct and analyse scientific studies. This ability is strengthened both in the specialisation module and in the final module when students conduct their own empirical work. Students also deal intensively with the analytical methods of physiological, acoustic and perceptive phonetics and learn how to apply the required measuring tools. Another fundamental element is the auditory phonetic analysis and transcription method.


Based on an advanced knowledge of phonetics, students acquire knowledge of how to deal with physiological, acoustic and phonetic measuring tools. In addition to these application-oriented qualifications, the degree programme prepares for postgraduate research.

Scope of activities

There is a wide range of vocational fields available after graduation:

Variational linguistics research depends to a substantial degree on special phonetic knowledge (Research Centre “Deutscher Sprachatlas”, Institute of German Language, and others). The forensic application of phonetics is a specialised vocational field in which one can work either for law enforcement agencies or as an external freelance expert. The specialised and experienced Marburg instructors provide an ideal environment for both career possibilities.

In linguistics and in foreign languages teaching, you will primarily hold teaching or advisory positions. Systematic advanced-level pronunciation training for native speakers (e.g. actors, singers, professional speakers) and also for non-native speakers of German requires in-depth phonetic knowledge. In clinical phonetics or neurophonetics, you will work with patients with speech and language disorders in the speech therapeutic departments of rehabilitation clinics. The activities in the field of language technology include, for example, speech-to-text systems or text-to-speech systems, voice-controlled access control systems or electronic information systems.


Last modified: 22.03.2017 · Jürgen Nemitz

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