Dr. Matthias Jilka


Akad. Rat

Telefon: +49 821 598 - 5754
Raum: D 4043
Sprechzeiten: wednesday 11:45 - 13:15 h

Curriculum Vitae

1990 - 1997: studied Linguistics, English, and Romance Literature and Languages at the University of Stuttgart and the University of Washington (Seattle). MA Thesis: "Regelbasierte Generierung natürlich klingender Intonation des Amerikanischen Englisch"

1997 - 2000: Member of the Graduate Program " Linguistic Foundations of Language Processing", working in the Experimental Phonetics Group at the Institute of Natural Language Processing, University of Stuttgart Doctoral Dissertation: " The Contribution of Intonation to the Perception of Foreign Accent"

09/2000 - 08/2003: Senior Researcher at AT&T Labs Research (TTS Group) building text-to-speech synthesis systems for German, English, French and Italian

08/2003 - 09/2012: Assistant Professor at the Department of English Linguistics, University of Stuttgart

since 10/2012: Lecturer ("Akademischer Rat") at the Chair of Applied English Linguistics, University of Augsburg


Research Interests

Second Language Acquisition (forms and causes of foreign accent)

Text-to-speech synthesis (speaker selection, coordination speaker - recognition - front-end output)

Prosody (esp. intonation)

Dialectal, sociolectal and individual variation



Matthias Jilka, Natalie Lewandowski and Giusy Rota, 2011. Investigating the concept of talent in phonetic performance. In M. Wrembel, K. Kul and K. Dziubalska-Kolaczyk: Achievements and perspectives in SLA of speech: New Sounds 2010. PeterLang, Frankfurt am Main, pp. 171 - 180

Matthias Jilka, 2009. Talent and Proficiency in Language. In G. Dogil and S. Reiterer (Eds.): Language Talent and Brain Activity. Mouton De Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 1 - 16

Matthias Jilka, 2009. Assessment of Phonetic Ability. In G. Dogil and S. Reiterer (Eds.): Language Talent and Brain Activity. Mouton De Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 17 - 66

Volha Anufryk, Matthias Jilka and Grzegorz Dogil, 2008. Prosodic Variation in L2: A Case Study of Germans Speaking English. Proceedings of the ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics (ExLing 2008). Athens, pp.21- 24

Matthias Jilka, 2007. Different Manifestations and Perceptions of Foreign Accent in Intonation. In J. Trouvain and U. Gut (Eds.): Non-Native Prosody - Phonetic Description and Teaching Practice. Mouton De Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 77 - 96

Bernd Möbius and Matthias Jilka, 2007. Effects of Syllable Structure and Nuclear Pitch Accents on Peak Alignment: A Corpus-based Analysis. Proceedings of ICPhS 2007, Saarbrücken, pp. 1173 - 1176 (on CD Rom)

Matthias Jilka, Henrike Baumotte, Natalie Lewandowski, Susanne Reiterer and Giuseppina Rota, 2007. Introducing a Comprehensive Approach to Assessing Pronunciation Talent. Proceedings of ICPhS 2007, Saarbrücken, pp. 1737 - 1740 (on CD Rom)

Grazyna Demenko, Agnieszka Wagner, Matthias Jilka and Bernd Möbius, 2007. Comparative Investigation of Peak Alignment in Polish and German Uni Selection Corpora. Proceedings of the 6th ISCA Speech Synthesis Workshop, Bonn, pp. 71 - 76

Natalie Lewandowski, Matthias Jilka, Giuseppina Rota, Susanne Reiterer and Grzegorz Dogil, 2007. Phonetic Convergence as a Paradigm of Showing Phonetic Talent in Foreign Language. In H. Zimmer, C. Frings, A. Mecklinger, B. Opitz, M. Pospeschill and D. Wentura (Eds.): Cognitive Science: Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Society of Germany, Saarbrücken,

Matthias Jilka and Bernd Möbius, 2007. The Influence of Vowel Quality Features on Peak Alignment. Proceedings of Interspeech 2007, Antwerp, pp. 2621 - 2624 (on CD Rom)

Matthias Jilka, Volha Anufryk, Henrike Baumotte, Natalie Lewandowska, Giuseppina Rota and Susanne Reiterer, 2007. Assessing Individual Talent in Second Language Production and Perception. In A.S. Rauber, M.A. Watkins and B.O. Baptista (Eds.). New Sounds 2007: Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on the Acquisition of Second Language Speech. Florianópolis, Brazil: Federal University of Santa Catarina, pp. 243 - 258

Matthias Jilka and Bernd Möbius, 2006. Towards a Comprehensive Investigation of Factors Relevant to Peak Alignment Using a Unit Selection Corpus. Proceedings of Interspeech 2006, Pittsburgh, pp. 2054 - 2057 (on CD Rom)

Matthias Jilka, 2005. Exploration of Different Types of Intonational Deviations in Foreign-Accented and Synthesized Speech. Proceedings of Interspeech 2005, Lisbon, pp. 2393 - 2396 (on CD Rom)

Ann K. Syrdal and Matthias Jilka, 2004. Acceptability of variations in question intonation in natural and synthesized American English. J. Acoust. Soc. Am., Vol. 115, No. 5, Pt. 2, May 2004, 2543 (A)

Matthias Jilka, Ann K. Syrdal, Alistair Conkie and David A. Kapilow, 2003.Effects on TTS quality of methods of realizing natural prosodic variations. Proceedings of ICPhS 2003, Barcelona, pp. 2549 - 2552 (on CD Rom)

Yeon-Jun Kim, Ann K. Syrdal and Matthias Jilka, 2004. Improving TTS by higher agreement between predicted versus observed pronunciations. Proceedings of the 5th ISCA Speech Synthesis Workshop, Pittsburgh, June 2004, pp. 127 - 132.

Ann K. Syrdal and Matthias Jilka, 2003. Exploration of question intonation in read American English. J. Acoust. Soc. Am., Vol. 114, No. 4, Pt. 2, October 2003, 2397 (A)

Matthias Jilka and Ann K. Syrdal, 2002. The AT&T German Text-To-Speech System: Realistic Linguistic Description. Proceedings of ICSLP 2002, Denver, pp. 113 - 116 (on CD Rom)

Matthias Jilka, 2000. The Contribution of Intonation to the Perception of Foreign Accent. Doctoral Dissertation, Arbeiten des Instituts für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung (AIMS) Vol. 6(3), University of Stuttgart

Matthias Jilka, 2000. Testing the Contribution of Prosody to the Perception of Foreign Accent. Proceedings of New Sounds (4th International Symposium on the Aquisition of Second Language Speech),Amsterdam, pp. 199 - 207.

Matthias Jilka, 2000. Identifizierung verschiedener Aspekte intonatorischen fremdsprachlichen Akzents. Sprache und Datenverarbeitung Vol 24.1, pp. 51 -71.

Matthias Jilka, 1999. Intonational Foreign Accent in the Speech of American Speakers of German. JASA Vol. 105, No. 2, Pt. 2, p. 1094 (Proceedings of 137th Regular Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America on CD Rom)

Matthias Jilka, Gregor Möhler and Grzegorz Dogil, 1999. Rules for the Generation of ToBI-based American English Intonation. Speech Communication 28, pp. 83 - 108.

Matthias Jilka, 1999. Identifying Intonational Foreign Accent with the Help of Different Methods of F0 Generation. In: Proceedings of ICPhS 1999 Vol. 2, pp. 1447 - 1450 (on CD Rom)

Matthias Jilka and Gregor Möhler, 1998. Intonational Foreign Accent: Speech Technology and Foreign Language Teaching. In: Proceedings of the ESCA Workshop on Speech Technology in Language Learning, Marholmen, pp.115 - 118

Matthias Jilka, 1998. Bestimmung Intonatorischen Fremdsprachlichen Akzents mit Hilfe von F0 Generierung. In: Proceedings der 29. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik "Sprache und Technik" in Dresden, p.81

Matthias Jilka, 1996.Regelbasierte F0 Generierung der Intonationsmuster des Amerikanischen Englisch. MA Thesis. University of Stuttgart.