Dr. Daniel Duran

Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)

Dr. Daniel Duran is a researcher in the DFG project C02 Variation in situated interaction within the framework of the CRC 1412 Register: Language-Users’ Knowledge of Situational-Functional Variation /  Research Area 1 ‘Laboratory Phonology’.

His research interests include the variation and dynamics of linguistic interaction, especially at the phonetic level, and the social factors and individual (psychological, cognitive) differences involved. Currently, he is investigating speech variation in different situations. In particular, he focuses on the dynamics of acoustic-phonetic features of spoken language in different registers and how or whether they are perceived.


C02 Variation in situated interaction


Pariser Straße 1, 10719 Berlin

+49 30 20192 561

duran@leibniz-zas.deWebsite https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6769-2281

Publications & Presentations


  • Jannedy, Stefanie; Duran, Daniel  (2023) Register differences in ÄH-ÄHM filler particles?  In: DiSS Workshop 2023 (Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech) [DOI] [ViVo]
    We present an analysis of register variation (i.e. conventionalized and socially recurring linguistic patterns of intra-individual speech behaviour) of filler particles in German spontaneous speech in contrasting situated interactions. In this study, we analyse intra- and inter-individual differences in the use of lexical type of filler particles and their phonetic realizations. Data was elicited with a novel method where participants talk to a video-taped interlocutor in a simulated tele-conference. This set-up allows us to systematically and consistently manipulate the experimental condition while eliciting laboratory induced differences in fine phonetic detail. We find evidence for register differences but also a high inter-individual variability.
  • Duran, Daniel; Weirich, Melanie; Jannedy, Stefanie  (2023) Assessing register variation in local speech rate  In: International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS). Prague Congress Center [ViVo]
    We present findings on phonetic register variation (which refers to conventionalized and socially recurring linguistic patterns of intra-individual speech behavior) in contrasting situated interactions. In this study, we examine the differences in speech rate within individuals. Our data was collected using an innovative method where participants engage in simulated tele-conference conversations with a video-recorded interlocutor. Each participant experienced both a “formal” situation, such as requesting a deadline extension from a superior, and an “informal” one, like describing their favourite recipe to an acquaintance. The silent interlocutor persona appeared in two different styles, including variations in hair, clothing, and make-up. This experimental setup allows us to manipulate the conditions systematically and consistently, while eliciting subtle phonetic differences in the laboratory setting. Our hypothesis is that speech production slows down in formal situations due to processing and memory load constraints. Statistical analyses conducted on data from 45 German participants support our hypothesis, showing a decrease in speech rate in the formal condition.
  • Warchhold, Sarah; Duran, Daniel; Gessinger, Iona; Raveh, Eran  (2022) Proceedings of the Conference : Human Perspectives on Spoken Human-Machine Interaction [DOI] [PDF] [ViVo]
    The FRIAS Junior Researcher Conference "Human Perspectives on Spoken Human-Machine Interaction" (SpoHuMa21) took place on November 15-17, 2021. The online event was organized by a team from the University of Freiburg (Germany), ZAS Berlin (Germany), Saarland University, Saarbrücken (Germany), and Hyro AI, Tel Aviv (Israel). SpoHuMa21 brought together young researchers in the field of spoken human-machine interaction, primarily focusing on a human-centered approach. The conference also featured invited talks by leading scientists in the field. The proceedings of SpoHuMa21 contain the submitted papers presented at the conference in the form of oral talks, preceded by an overview of the conference topic and the invited talks.
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