Simon Roessig

né Ritter


I am a researcher working in the fields of phonetics and phonology. My research interests include prosody, the relationship between phonetics and phonology, or more generally, the relationship between discrete and continuous aspects of cognition, as well as gestural models of speech production. I use a combination of (interactive) empirical and computational methods to investigate the intergration of prosodic categories and phonetic realizations. More recently, I have become interested in the multi-dimensionality of prosody, the interaction of relative, global and local prosodic highlighting patterns, and the implementation of prosodic phenomena in gestural models of speech production. In 2020, I completed my dissertation on a dynamical modelling approach to categorical and continuous modulations in the prosodic expression of information structure, supervised by Doris Mücke and Martine Grice. I currently work as a postdoctoral researcher in the CRC 'Prominence in Language' at the University of Cologne.

Contact me at simon.roessig [at] uni-koeln.de, find me on Google Scholar, Researchgate or ORCID.

News

November 2021
I received the Offermann-Hergarten Prize of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne for my book Categoriality and continuity in prosodic prominence.

Short bio

Work
Currently
Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cologne
2017-2020
Doctoral researcher at the University of Cologne
2015-2016
Software developer for scientific libraries
Education
2017-2020
PhD in Phonetics, summa cum laude
2012-2014
MA in Linguistics (specialization: Phonetics)
2009-2012
BA in Information Processing and Linguistics & Phonetics
Awards
2021
Offermann-Hergarten Prize of the University of Cologne
2018
Best Student Paper Award, 16th Conference of the Association for Laboratory Phonology
2013
Best Student Paper Award, 6th Conference on Phonetics and Phonology in Iberia

Publications

Note: prior to 2019 I published under my former name Ritter

Pagel, L., S. Roessig, & D. Mücke (2021). Modifications of tongue body kinematics as a focus marking strategy in German. Proceedings of the 12th ISSP. link to article

Roessig, S. (2021). Categoriality and continuity in prosodic prominence (Studies in Laboratory Phonology). Berlin: Language Science Press. link to book

Roessig, S. & D. Mücke & L. Pagel (2019). Dimensions of prosodic prominence in an attractor model. Proceedings of Interspeech 2019. link to article

Roessig, S. & D. Mücke (2019). Modeling Dimensions of Prosodic Prominence. Frontiers in Communication 4(44). link to article

Roessig S., D. Mücke, M. Grice (2019). The dynamics of intonation: Categorical and continuous variation in an attractor-based model. PLoS ONE 14(5): e0216859. link to article

Grice, M., S. Ritter, H. Niemann & T. B. Roettger (2017). Integrating the discreteness and continuity of intonational categories. Journal of Phonetics 64. 90-107. link to article

Ritter, S. & M. Grice (2015). The Role of Tonal Onglides in German Nuclear Pitch Accents. Language and Speech 58(1). 114-128. link to article

Kügler, F., B. Smolibocki, D. Arnold, S. Baumann, B. Braun, M. Grice, S. Jannedy, J. Michalsky, O. Niebuhr, J. Peters, S. Ritter, C. Röhr, A. Schweitzer, K. Schweitzer & P. Wagner (2015). DIMA – Annotation guidelines for German intonation. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. link to article

Ritter, S. & T. B. Roettger (2014). Speakers modulate noise-induced pitch according to intonational context. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody. link to article

Presentations

Note: presentations prior to May 2019 as Simon Ritter

Conferences and workshops

Pagel, L., S. Roessig, D. Mücke (2021). Prominence relations and articulatory modifications in habitual and loud speech. Accepted as oral presentation at PaPE, June 21-23 2021, Barcelona, Spain.

Pagel, L., S. Roessig, D. Mücke (2020). Modifications of tongue body kinematics as a focus marking strategy in German. Poster presentation at 12th International Seminar on Speech Production, December 14–18 2020, Rhode Island, USA.

Pagel, L., S. Roessig & D. Mücke (2019). Prosodic strengthening in German: an investigation of tongue body kinematics. Talk at 15. Phonetik und Phonologie Tagung, September 27 2019, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Roessig, S., D. Mücke & L. Pagel (2019). Dimensions of prosodic prominence in an attractor model. Talk at Interspeech, September 15-19 2019, Graz, Austria.

Roessig, S., D. Mücke (2019). Prosodic variation in a multi-dimensional dynamic system. Talk at Phonetics and Phonology in Europe, June 17-19 2019, Lecce, Italy.

Ritter, S. & D. Mücke (2018). Continuity and categoriality in prosodic prominence – the case of focus marking. Talk at the 2nd International Conference “Prominence in Language”, July 11-13 2018, Cologne, Germany.

Ritter, S. & D. Mücke (2018). The phonetics and phonology of focus marking – an integrated account. Poster presentation at 16th Conference on Laboratory Phonology, June 19-22 2018, Lisbon, Portugal.

Ritter, S. & T.B. Roettger (2014). Speakers modulate noise-induced pitch according to intonational context. Poster presentation at the 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody, May 20-23 2014, Dublin.

Ritter, S. & M. Grice (2013). Tonal Onglides of Nuclear Pitch Accents in German. Talk at Nijmegen-Cologne Prosody Meeting, July 1 2013, Cologne, Germany.

Ritter, S. & M. Grice (2013). The Role of Tonal Onglides in German Nuclear Pitch Accents. Talk at Phonetics and Phonology in Iberia, June 25-26 2013, Lisbon, Portugal.

Ritter, S., M. Krüger, Mücke, D. & M. Grice (2012). Production and Perception of Contrast: Tonal Onglides and Oral Gestures. Poster presentation at the final symposium of the DFG Priority programme 1234, July 26 2012, Stuttgart, Germany.

Grice, M., Mücke, D. & S. Ritter (2012). Focus Marking: Tonal Onglides and Oral Gestures. Talk at Workshop: Dynamic Modeling of Articulation and Prosodic Structure, May 7 2012, Cologne, Germany.

Ritter, S., Riester, A. & M. Grice (2012). Onglides von Nuklearakzenten: Brauchen wir Leading Tones? Talk at Workshop: Deutsche Intonation - Annotation und Modellierung, March 21-22 2012, Konstanz, Germany.


Invited talks

Roessig, S. & D. Mücke (2020). Prosodic prominence: discreteness, gradience, and a dynamical systems account. Invited talk at the University of Bielefeld, work group phonetics / phonology, January 8 2020.

Ritter, S. & D. Mücke (2019). Prosodic variation from a dynamical perspective. Invited talk at the University Hamburg, Institut für Romanistik, Jan 8 2019.

Ritter, S. & D. Mücke (2018). Prosody in a dynamic systems account. Invited talk at the University Potsdam, Linguistics Department, Nov 14 2018.

Ressources


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Material accompanying my book 'Categoriality and continuity in prosodic prominence', including MATLAB code demonstrating all dynamical systems reviewed in chapter 3: https://osf.io/4g6s2/.

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Interactive web app for elication of sentences differing in focus structure used in Roessig, Mücke and Grice (2019) as well as Roessig and Mücke (2019): https://github.com/SBRitter/focus-robot.

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Training materials for the transcription of German intonation using the GToBI system (joint work with Martine Grice, Stefan Baumann, and Christine Röhr): http://www.gtobi.uni-koeln.de/.