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Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities

Niels Schiller

Professor, Scientific Director, LUCL

Areas of interest

Experimental linguistics, multilingualism, phonological and morphological encoding in speech production, language processing in neurologically impaired patients, articulatory-motor processes during speech production, and forensic phonetics.

Biography

Niels O. Schiller is professor of psycho- and neurolinguistics at the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC) and the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL). Besides fundamental research Schiller is also involved in some applied science projects such as the SpeechView glasses: a device for deaf and hard-of-hearing people to participate in conversations. Speechview consists of a pair of video glasses connected to a microphone that records the speech output of an interlocutor and transmits it wireless to a computing unit running speech-to-text software.

Current projects

In addition to working on the Speechview glasses Schiller also works on several other DH projects revolving around multilingualism, lexical stress, and grammatical features: number, gender and case. For example, along with several other Leiden researchers, he is investigating how grammatical properties of a language, such as grammatical gender, number or classifiers, are represented in the language processing system. 

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