Jessica Di Napoli


Dr. phil.

Jessica Di Napoli

Chair of English Linguistics


Building: ehem. Couven-Gymnasium (1070)

Room: 105/1

Kármánstr. 17-19

52062 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 96103

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Research Interests

  • Phonetics und Phonology
  • Discourse and Turn-Taking
  • Breathing, pausing, and hesitation in speech
  • Variation in speaking styles (e.g. news reporting and conversation)
  • Voice quality

Supervision of BA/MA theses in these areas


Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Di Napoli, J. (2021). Filled pauses in university lectures. In: R. L. Rose & R. Eklund (Eds.), Proceedings of DiSS 2021, The 10th Workshop on Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech, 25–26 August, 2021, Saint-Denis, France, pp. 41–46.
  • Di Napoli, J. (2020). “Filled pauses and prolongations in Roman Italian task-oriented dialogue.” In: Proceedings of the Laughter and Other Non-Verbal Vocalisations Workshop 2020, October 5, 2020, Bielefeld, pp. 24–27. [Link]
  • ​Di Napoli, J. (2019). “Functions of pause in Italian television news broadcasts.” In: Proceedings of the 1st International Seminar on the Foundations of Speech – Breathing, Pausing and the Voice, December 1-3, 2019, Sønderborg, Denmark, pp. 109–111. [Link]
  • Di Napoli, J. (2018). The Phonetics and Phonology of Glottalization in Italian. Berlin: Peter Lang. [Link]
  • Di Napoli, J. (2018). “Overlapping speech and turn-taking in Roman Italian.” In: Proceedings of the Conference on Phonetics & Phonology in German-speaking Countries (P&P 13), September 28-29, 2017, Berlin, pp. 37–40. [Link]
  • Di Napoli, J. (2015). “Glottalization at phrase boundaries in Tuscan and Roman Italian.” In: J. Romero & M. Riera (Eds.), The Phonetics-Phonology Interface: Representations and methodologies (pp. 125–147). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [Link]

Additional Conference Contributions (oral and poster presentations)

  • Di Napoli, J. (2022). “Breath and silence in German and Italian television news broadcasts.” Oral presentation at the Second Workshop on Measurement of Speech Respiration, June 9-10, Saarbrücken, Germany.
  • Di Napoli, J. & Neumann, S. (2019). “Speech rate and pause in Italian television news broadcasts.” Oral presentation at P&P 15 (Phonetik und Phonologie im deutschsprachigen Raum 15), September 25-27, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • Di Napoli, J. (2016). “Acoustic correlates of phrase-final glottalization.” Poster presentation at LingUnite 2016, October 14, Aachen, Germany.
  • Di Napoli, J. (2015). “Speaker variation in the realization of phrase-final glottalization in Italian.” Oral presention at PaPE 2015 (Phonetics and Phonology in Europe), June 29-30, Cambridge, UK.
  • Di Napoli, J. (2015). “Acoustic cues to phrase-final glottalization in Italian.” Oral presentation at the 5th Nijmegen-Cologne Prosody Workshop, May 7, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
  • Di Napoli, J. (2012). “Phrase-final edge marking in Italian: Evidence of strengthening?” Oral presentation at the 10th Meeting of the French Phonology Network, June 25-27, Paris, France.
  • Di Napoli, J. (2011). “Glottalization as prosodic boundary marking in Central Italian.” Oral presentation at P&P 7 (Phonetik und Phonologie im deutschsprachigen Raum 7), October 7-8, Osnabrück, Germany.