Meg Zellers

Postdoctoral researcher at Department of Speech, Music & Hearing, KTH.

Current project: Perception of prosody in linguistic contexts, supported by Vetenskapsrådet.


Zellers, M. (2011) Prosodic detail and topic structure in discourse. PhD dissertation, University of Cambridge. (download)

Peer-reviewed Publications

Cangemi, F., Clayards, M., Niebuhr, O., Schuppler, B. & Zellers, M. (Eds.) (proposal accepted) Rethinking Reduction.

Zellers, M. (submitted) Prosodic variation for turn transition in Swedish.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Niebuhr, O. & Zellers, M. (2013) Late pitch accents in hat and dip intonation patterns. In Niebuhr, O. & Pfitzinger, H.R. (Eds.) Prosdies: context, function, and communication. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter.

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

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

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

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

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

Other Publications

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 Proceedings of Workshop on the Discourse-Prosody Interface, Paris, France, 9-11 September 2009. (download)

Presentations and Invited Talks

"Acoustic and other prosodies for turn transition in Swedish." Invited talk at Language & Cognition Group, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. 13 November 2014.

"Turn transition prosody in Swedish and English." Presentation at 6th Conference on Tone and Intonation in Europe, Utrecht, the Netherlands. 10 September 2014.

"Prosodic turn-taking cues in perception and production." Invited talk at Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University, Sweden. 16 April 2014.

"Exploring prosody in conversation: combining structural and interactional features." Invited talk at Department of Theoretical & Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, UK. 12 November 2013.

"Contrast, topic shift, and prosody in conversation." Presentation at 6th Loughborough CA Day, Loughborough, UK. 17 December 2012.

"Quantitative methods for qualitative data." Presentation at Research Discussions Meeting, Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany. 14 December 2012.

"Contrast, topic shifts, and prosodic variation in conversational data." Invited talk at Department of Speech, Music & Hearing, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. 9 October 2012.

"Investigating multiple acoustic parameters in the production and perception of topic structure." Presentation at Sound to Sense workshop, Leuven, Belgium. 4-5 April 2011.

Zellers, M. & Post, B. "On-line perception of topic change intonation." Presentation at 4th Conference on Tone and Intonation in Europe, Stockholm, Sweden. 9-11 September 2010.

Zellers, M. & Post, B. "Combining prosodic cues to signal topic structure." Poster presentation at BAAP, London, England. 29-31 March 2010.

"The prosody of topic organization." Invited talk at Department of General and Comparative Linguistics, Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany. 16 June 2010.

"Perception of discourse prosody: preliminary results." Presentation at Sound to Sense workshop, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 12-15 April 2010.

Zellers, M. & Post, B. "Intonation in discourse: gradient or categorical?" Poster presentation at Tone and Intonation in Europe, Barcelona, Spain. 17-18 September 2009.

"Fundamental frequency and discourse meaning." Presentation at Phonetics and Phonology in Iberia, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. 17 June 2009.

"Fundamental frequency and the production of intonation in SSBE." Presentation at RCEAL Tuesday Colloquium. 11 November 2008.


2013 Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council): Postdoctoral research fellowship 'Perception of prosody in linguistic contexts' (2011-6871). (2 years)

2012 Economic & Social Research Council, UK: Postdoctoral research fellowship 'Multiple-methods approaches to discourse topic structure' (ES/J005711/1). (1 year)

2007 European Commission: Early Stage Researcher fellowship on Marie Curie Research Training Network Sound to Sense (MRTN-CT-2006-035561). (3 years)