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Professor Ailbhe Ni Chasaide

Professor in Phonetics (C.L.C.S.)

Ailbhe Ní Chasaide graduated from the Universities of Galway (B.A.), Bordeaux (Maîtrise es Lettres) and Bangor, Wales (M.A., Ph.D). When first appointed to Trinity College Dublin, she founded the Phonetics & Speech Laboratory and is currently Professor of Phonetics. She is a Fellow of Trinity College, and has served as a Member of the University's Board and as School Director of Research. She has also served as Treasurer and Vice-President of the International Phonetic Association. She has directed over 20 funded research projects, on voice analysis and the role of voice in communication, on the prosody of Irish, and on the development of speech technology and linguistic resources for Irish. Awards, such as a Fullbright Fellowship and a Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship have funded extended research periods with the M.I.T Speech Group, Haskins Laboratories (Yale), KTH, Stockholm, and Oxford University.
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Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Fluent Fluent
German Fluent Medium Fluent
Irish Fluent Fluent Fluent
Swedish Basic Basic Basic
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Council Member, and Past Vice President and Treasurer of the International Phonetic Association
International Speech Communication Association
Acoustical Society of America
Colloquium of British Academic Phoneticians
Irish Speech Group
An Scéalaí: synthetic voices for autonomous learning in, editor(s)P. Taalas, J. Jalkanen, L. Bradley and S. Thouesny , Future-proof CALL: Language Learning as Exploration and Encounters - short papers from EUROCALL 2018,, 2018, pp230 - 235, [Ní Chiaráin, N. and Ní Chasaide, A.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ó Broin, D., Barnes, E., Ní Chiaráin, N. and Ní Chasaide, A., A Story Based Game for Teaching Phonics for the Irish language, Proceedings of the 12th European Conference on Games Based Learning, Sophia Antipolis, France, 2018, pp495 - 503, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Barnes, E., Ní Chasaide, A. and Ní Chiaráin, N., The design and pre-testing of literacy and cognitive tasks in Irish and English, Literacy Association of Ireland 42nd International Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 2018, pp1 - 11, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Gobl, C., Murphy, A., Yanushevskaya, I. and Ní Chasaide, A., On the relationship between glottal pulse shape and its spectrum: correlations of open quotient, pulse skew and peak flow with source harmonic amplitudes, INTERSPEECH 2018, Hyderabad, India, 2018, pp222 - 226, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Murphy, A., Yanushevskaya, I., Ní Chasaide, A. and Gobl, C., Voice Source Contribution to Prominence Perception: Rd Implementation, INTERSPEECH 2018, Hyderabad, India, 2018, pp217 - 221, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, Recycling learner data for acquisition of targeted linguistic features: a custom-built iCALL platform, Proceedings of the XIXth International CALL Research Conference, CALL Your Data, Bruges, Belgium , edited by J. Colpaert, A. Aerts and F. Cornillie , 2018, pp292 - 294, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Yanushevskaya, I., Gobl, C. and Ní Chasaide, A., Cross-language differences in how voice quality and f0 contours map to affect, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144, (5), 2018, p2730 - 2750, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Criteria for evaluating a game-based CALL platform in, editor(s)K. Borthwick, L. Bradley and S. Thouësny , CALL in a climate of change: adapting to turbulent global conditions - short papers from EUROCALL 2017, Voillans, France,, 2017, pp229 - 234, [Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Emily Barnes, Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, Departures from the "norm": how the phonology, morphology and orthography of the Irish language impact on literacy instruction and acquisition, Exploring the Literacy Landscape: Celebrating 40 Years of Research and Practice, Literacy Association of Ireland 40th Annual Conference, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, 29-30 September 2016, Literacy Association of Ireland, 2017, pp22 - 32, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Ní Chiaráin, N. and Ní Chasaide, A., Effects of Educational Context on Learners' Ratings of a Synthetic Voice, Proceedings of the 7th ISCA Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2017), Stockholm, Sweden, 2017, pp47 - 52, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  URL

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Award Date
Governmnet of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences 2003
Arts & ESS Benefaction Fund Award for research visit to ATR, Kyoto, Japan 2003
Fellow Trinity College Dublin (elected) 1998
Treasurer of the International Phonetic Association (elected, 1995-2003) 1995-2003
Vice President of the International Phonetic Association (elected) 1993-1995
Trinity Trust Award for research at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm 1989
Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship for research at M.I.T. and Haskins Laboratories, New Haven 1987
Swedish Institute Scholarship for research at Royal Institute of Tech¬nology, Stockholm 1986
CNRS (Paris)/ and NBST (Dublin) Award: research visits, French speech laboratories 1985
Research Fellowship, Oxford University 1982
University of Wales Studentship 1977-1979
Postgraduate Scholarship from Irish Linguistics Institute 1979-1977
Junior Research and Teaching Fellowship, University College Galway 1973-1974
I carry out research on the voice, and on its role in speech communication, on the prosodic and segmental structure of Irish, and on speech technology for Irish. This research is carried out with the research group of the Phonetics & Speech Lab. The voice carries different strands of information: personal (on the identity and characteristics of the speaker), linguistic (shaping the prosodic structure of the message) and paralinguistic (through tone-of-voice conveying our feelings and attitude to the speaker and to the message). I am interested particularly on the interaction of the latter two, which together make up the 'prosody of the voice', and work towards the elaboration a more holistic model of speech prosody, using specialised voice analysis techniques developed here at TCD. I also research the prosody and segmentals of Irish and of Irish English. Developing speech technology for Irish dialects is a further research interest that builds on the theoretical and empirical strands of my research. Text-to-speech systems, developed for Irish dialects, are made available at, and along with this, a growing body of resources, aimed at language users/learners, and at disability access. This work on Irish aims further to explore how speech technology resources can play a role in the maintenance and preservation of endangered languages.