This is the website of Timo B. Röttger. I am a PhD student at the University of Cologne where I am working as a research assistant at the department of phonetics. My PhD program is supervised by Prof. Dr. Martine Grice, Prof. Dr. Gerrit Dimmendaal and Rachid Ridouane. It is funded by the a.r.t.e.s. graduate school for the humanities Cologne.
I consider myself a cognitive scientist with a focus on sound patterns of human language. I am particulary interested in the production and perception of speech sounds and their organization in the mental lexicon.
Primarily, I am a phonologist who is interested in segmental and supra-segmental sound patterns. At the moment, I am mainly working on the description of the intonation system in Tashlhiyt Berber.
Tashlhiyt Berber, an Afroasiatic language spoken in south Morocco and northwest Algeria, is notorious for its phonotactic patterns and is known to have particularly long consonantal sequences. From the point of view of the intonational prosody, this language is of great importance. Due to its rare phonotactic patterns, the phonetic opportunity it affords for the execution of intonational pitch movements is exceptionally limited. We are running experiments on Tashlhiyt to understand higher prosodic aspects and their interaction with segmental phenomena. This PhD project is part of the Cologne contribution to ToPIQQ, "Tonal Placement - Interaction of Qualitative and Quanitative factors", a porject fundet by the Volkswagenstiftung.
Other research areas I am interested in include incomplete neutralization of final devoicing in German, noise-induced pitch in German, vowel epenthesis in Bari Italian and tone sandhi in Vietnamese
Aside from these phonological/phonetic topics, I am further interested in the numerical processing of linguistic numerals and grammatical magnitude coding. In collaboration with Frank Domahs, I am currently conducting experiments on grammatical number and number words in German by exploiting the SNARC paradigm.