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Annie Gilbert


Supervisor: Dr. Shari Baum

Research Interest: My current research focuses on the role of prosody in speech segmentation and chunking.

More about Annie

I have a long-standing interest in elucidating how humans communicate via variations in air pressure, more commonly known as "sounds". This interest resulted in my completion of a doctoral degree in linguistics at Universite de Montréal, where I studied both perception and production of speech. In particular, I examined the physiological, psycholinguistic, and neurolinguistic correlates of structural prosody. Subsequently, I completed post-doctoral training in psychology and communication sciences and disorders at McGill Univeristy, where I continued examining speech communication, using a variety of other methods and techniques. My current research goal is to examine what is specific to speech processing itself versus what can be explained by domain-general (physiological or cognitive) constraints. My other academic interests include speech acquisition, language evolution, forensic applications of acoustic phonetics, and teaching.

Publications
Gilbert, A. C., Boucher, V. J., & Jemel, B. (2014). Perceptual chunking and its effect on memory in speech processing: ERP and behavioral evidence. Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences, 5(220), 1-9. Impact Factor 2.8 as of November 4th 2014.

Gilbert, A. C., Boucher, V. J., & Jemel, B. (2012). Effects of temporal chunking on speech recall. In Q. Ma, H. Ding, & D. Hirst (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Speech Prosody (Vol. 2, pp. 524-527). Shanghai, China: Tongji University Press.

Gilbert, A. C., Boucher, V. J., & Jemel, B. (2011). The role of rhythmic chunking in speech: Synthesis of findings and evidence from statistical learning. In W.-S. Lee & E. Zee (Eds.), Proceeding of The 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (pp.747-750). Hong Kong, China: City University of Hong Kong.

Gilbert, A. C., Boucher, V. J., & Jemel, B. (2010). Exploring the rhythmic segmentation of heard speech using evoked potentials. Speech Prosody 2010, 100 334, 1-3.

Gilbert, A. C., Boucher, V. J., & Jemel, B. (2008). Size of rhythm-groups affects the memory trace of heard words in utterances: Results from a pilot study using evoked potentials. In P. A. Barbosa, S. Madureira, & C. Reis (Eds.), Proceedings of the Speech Prosody 2008 Conference (pp. 379-382). Campinas, Brazil: Editora RG/CNPq.

Boucher, V. J. & Gilbert, A. C. (2008). Investigations of speech segmentation: Addressing the writing bias in language research. In A. Botinis (Eds.) Proceedings of the ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics 2008 (pp.45-48), Athens, Greece: University of Athens.

Gilbert, A. C. & Boucher, V. J. (2007). What do listeners attend to in hearing prosodic structures? Investigating the human speech-parser using short-term recall. In H. van Hamme & R. van Son (Eds.), Proceedings of the Eighth Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (InterSpeech2007) (pp. 430-433), Antwerp, Belgium: ISCA.

Awards
2012 – 2014: Bourse postdoctorale, Fonds Québécois de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture.
2010: Prix 2010 d’excellence en enseignement de l'Université de Montréal (Excellence in teaching award, University level).
2007 – 2010: Canada Graduate Scholarships — Doctorate, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
2006 – 2008: Bourse de doctorat en recherche, Fonds Québécois de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture.
2004: Canada Graduate Scholarships — Master's, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Alice Hovsepian


Supervisor: Dr. Elin Thordardottir

Research Interest: My main research interest is on vocabulary knowledge acquisition in bilingual children.

Xiaoming Jiang


Supervisor: Dr. Marc Pell

Research Interest: My current interest focuses on how the human brain makes social inference through vocal cues in intercultural communication setting.                          

Kathrin Rothermich


Supervisor: Dr. Marc Pell

Research Interest: My current research focuses on social cognition and communication abilities in Parkinson's disease.

More about Kathrin

I studied General Linguistics, German Linguistics and Educational Science at the University of Leipzig (Germany) and completed my Masters' degree on the role of meter in auditory syntactic processing in 2007. Next, I started my PhD at the MPI in Leipzig in the Independent Research Group "Neurocognition of Rhythm in Communication" to study the interaction of semantic and metric processing using ERPs and fMRI. In 2011, I received a scholarship (ACN Erasmus Mundus) to work as a postdoctoral fellow at BRAMS (Université de Montréal) in the lab of Isabelle Peretz where I studied synchronization abilities in beat deafness using ERPs. I joined the Neuropragmatics and Emotion Lab in October 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow and will investigate the effect of Parkinson's disease on social cognition and communication using ERPs and eye tracking.

Publications
Rothermich, K., & Kotz, S.A. (2013). Predictions in speech comprehension: fMRI evidence on the meter-semantic interface. Neuroimage, 70, 89-100.

Kotz, S. A., Rothermich, K., & Schmidt-Kassow, M. (2012). Sentence comprehension in healthy and brain–damaged populations. In Miriam Faust (Ed.): The Handbook of the Neuropsychology of Language. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Rothermich, K., Schmidt-Kassow, M. & Kotz, S. A. (2012) Rhythm’s gonna get you: Regular meter facilitates semantic sentence processing. Neuropsychologia, 50(2), 232–244.

Schwartze, M., Rothermich, K. & Kotz, S. A. (2012) Functional dissociation of pre-SMA and SMA-proper in temporal processing. NeuroImage, 60(1), 290–298.

Schwartze, M., Rothermich, K., Schmidt-Kassow, M. & Kotz, S. A. (2011) Temporal regularity effects on pre-attentive and attentive processing of deviance. Biological Psychology, 87(1), 146–151.

Schmidt-Kassow, M., Rothermich, K., Schwartze, M., & Kotz, S. A. (2011). Did you get the beat? Late proficient French-German learners extract strong-weak patterns in tonal but not in linguistic sequences. Neuroimage, 54(1), 568-76.

Rothermich, K., Schmidt-Kassow, M., Schwartze, M., & Kotz, S. A. (2010). Event-related potential responses to metric violations: rules versus meaning. Neuroreport, 21(8), 580-584.

Awards
2011: Fellowship in the Erasmus Mundus Student Exchange Network in Auditory Neuroscience (ACN)