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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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German Fluent Medium Fluent
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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
Dorn, A. and Ní Chasaide, A. , Donegal Irish rises: Similarities and differences to rises in English varieties, Speech Prosody 2016, Boston, MA, 2016, pp163 - 167, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
O'Reilly, M. and Ní Chasaide, A. , Modelling the timing and scaling of nuclear pitch accents of Connaught and Ulster Irish with the Fujisaki model of intonation, Speech Prosody 2016, Boston, MA, 2016, pp355 - 359, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ní Chiaráin, N. and Ní Chasaide, A. , Chatbot Technology with Synthetic Voices in the Acquisition of an Endangered Language: Motivation, Development and Evaluation of a Platform for Irish, Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016), Portoro , Slovenia, 23-28 May 2016, edited by Nicoletta Calzolari, Khalid Choukri, Thierry Declerck, Sara Goggi, Marko Grobelnik, Bente Maegaard, Joseph Mariani, Helene Mazo, Asuncion Moreno, Jan Odijk, Stelios Piperidis , European Language Resources Association (ELRA), 2016, pp3429 - 3435, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Yanushevskaya, I., Murphy, A., Gobl, C., Ní Chasaide, A., Perceptual salience of voice source parameters in signaling focal prominence, Interspeech 2016, San Francisco, CA, 2016, pp3161 - 3165, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Yanushevskaya, I, Ní Chasaide, A., Gobl, C., The interaction of long-term voice quality with the realisation of focus, Speech Prosody 2016, Boston, MA, 2016, pp931 - 935, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ní Chiaráin, N., & Ní Chasaide, A., The Digichaint interactive game as a virtual learning environment for Irish, Proceedings of CALL communities and culture - short papers from EUROCALL 2016, Limassol, Cyprus, edited by Salomi Papadima-Sophocleous, Linda Bradley, and Sylvie Thouësny ,, 2016, pp330 - 336, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ní Chiaráin, N. and Ní Chasaide, A. , Faking Intelligent CALL: the Irish context and the road ahead, Proceedings of the joint workshop on NLP for Computer Assisted Language Learning and NLP for Language Acquisition at SLTC, Umeå, Sweden, 16/11/2016, edited by Elena Volodina, Gintarė Grigonytė, Ildikó Pilán, Kristina Nilsson Björkenstam, Lars Borin , (130), Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet, 2016, pp60 - 65, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Ní Chiaráin, N. and Ní Chasaide, A., The TATL framework for CALL development, EUROCALL 2015, Padova, Italy, 2015, pp427 - 432, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Petra Wagner, Antonio Origlia, Cinzia Avesani, George Christodoulides, Francesco Cutugno, Mariapaola d'Imperio, David Escudero, Barbara Gili Fivela, Anne Lacheret, Bogdan Ludusan, Helena Moniz, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, Oliver Niebuhr, Lucie Rousier-Vercruyssen, Anne-Catherine Simon, Juraj imko, Fabio Tesser, Martti Vainio, Different parts of the same elephant: a roadmap to disentangle and connect different perspectives on prosodic prominence, Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK, 2015, pp1-5 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  URL
Ní Chiaráin, N. and Ní Chasaide, A., Evaluating synthetic speech in an Irish CALL application: influences of predisposition and of the holistic environment, ISCA Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education, SLaTE 2015, Leipzig, Germany, 2015, pp149 - 154, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED

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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.