Investigating dialectal differences using articulography

Wieling, M. (Creator), Tomaschek, F. (Creator), Arnold, D. (Creator), Tiede, M. (Creator), Bröker, F. (Creator), Tile, S. (Creator), Wood, S. (Creator) & Baayen, R. H. (Creator), University of Groningen, 2016


  • Martijn Wieling (Creator)
  • Fabian Tomaschek (Creator)
  • Denis Arnold (Creator)
  • Mark Tiede (Creator)
  • Franziska Bröker (Creator)
  • Samuel Tile (Creator)
  • Simon Wood (Creator)
  • R. Harald Baayen (Creator)
  • University of Tübingen Germany
  • Univ Alberta, University of Alberta


The present study uses electromagnetic articulography, through which the position of tongue and lips during speech is measured, for the study of dialect variation. By using generalized additive modeling to analyze the articulatory trajectories, we are able to reliably detect aggregate group differences, while simultaneously taking into account the individual variation of dozens of speakers. Our results show that two Dutch dialects show clear differences in their articulatory settings, with generally a more anterior tongue position in the dialect from Ubbergen in the southern half of the Netherlands than in the dialect of Ter Apel in the northern half of the Netherlands. A comparison with formant-based acoustic measurements further reveals that articulography is able to reveal interesting structural articulatory differences between dialects which are not visible when only focusing on the acoustic signal.
Date made available2016
PublisherUniversity of Groningen
Date of data production21-Jul-2016
Access to the dataset Open

    Keywords on Datasets

  • Articulography, Dialectology, Generalized additive modeling, Articulatory setting, Linguistics
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    Wieling, M., Tomaschek, F., Arnold, D., Tiede, M. & Baayen, R. H., 2015.

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    Wieling, M., Tomaschek, F., Arnold, D., Tiede, M., Bröker, F., Thiele, S., Wood, S. & Baayen, R. H., 2016, In : Journal of Phonetics. 59, p. 122-143 22 p.

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