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Štefan Beňuš, Ph.D.

E-mail: sb513@nyu.edu sbenus@ukf.sk

Website: http://www1.cs.columbia.edu/~sbenus/

January, 2012

Office Current residence

Department of English and American Studies Škultétyho 30

FF UKF 94911 Nitra

Štefánikova 67 Slovakia

94974 Nitra Slovakia Employment April, 2008 – to date Research scientist Institute of Informatics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia Feb, 2006 – to date Assistant professor Department of English and American Studies Constantine the Philosopher University, Nitra, Slovakia Sept, 2006 - May, 2007 Visiting professor Department of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences Brown University, Providence, USA Feb, 2005 – Feb, 2006 Research scientist Spoken Language Processing Group Department of Computer Science, Columbia University, New York, USA Sep, 1995 – Aug, 1998 Lecturer Department of English and American Studies Constantine the Philosopher University, Nitra, Slovakia Education 2005 Ph.D. Linguistics New York University, New York, USA 2000 M.A. Linguistics New York University, New York, USA 1995 M.A.(Ed.) TEFL and Music Constantine the Philosopher University Nitra, Slovakia Doctoral Dissertation Title: Dynamics and Transparency in Vowel Harmony Advisor: Adamantios I. Gafos Description: Based on experimental articulatory data of transparent vowels in Hungarian vowel harmony, the central claim defended and formalized in this dissertation is that continuous phonetic details of all stem vowels including the transparent vowels are relevant for the phonological alternations in suffixes.

Štefan Beňuš, PhD sb513@nyu.edu Curiculum vitae Academic awards 2009-2010 Alexander von

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Publications Gravano, A., Hirschberg, J., Beňuš, Š. (in press). Affirmative cue words in task-oriented dialogue. Computational Linguistics, 38(1).

Beňuš, Š. (2011). Control of phonemic length contrast and speech rate in vocalic and consonantal syllable nuclei. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America., 130 (4), 2116-2127.

Beňuš, Š., Gravano, A., Hirschberg, J. (2011). Pragmatic aspects of temporal accommodation in turn-taking. Journal of Pragmatics 43(12), 3001-3027.

Pouplier, M., Beňuš, Š. (2011). On the phonetic status of syllabic consonants: Evidence from Slovak. Laboratory Phonology 2(2), 243-273.

Rusko, M., Beňuš, Š. (2011). Multimodal Multilingual Dictionary of gestures: DiGest.

Analysis of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication and Enactment: The Processing Issues [LNAI]. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

Beňuš, Š. (2011). Adaptation in turn-initiation. In: A. Esposito et al., (Eds.). Toward Autonomous, Adaptive, and Context-Aware Multimodal Interfaces: Theoretical and Practical Issues. Lecture Notes in Computer Science [LNCS 6456], pp. 72-80. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

Beňuš, Š., Cerňak, M., Darjaa, S., Rusko, M., Trnka, M., (2011). Adapting Slovak ASR for native Germans speaking Slovak. Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) 2011, Workshop on Algorithms and Resources for Modeling of Dialects and Language Varieties, DIALECTS 2011.

Šimko, J., Cummins, F., Beňuš, Š. (2011). An analysis of the relative timing of coarticulated gestures within VCV sequences. Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, pp. 1850-1853.

Beňuš, Š., Pouplier, M. (2011). Jaw movement in vowels and liquids forming the syllable nucleus. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2011), pp. 389-392.[ISSN 1990-9772].

Šimko, J., Cummins, F., Beňuš, Š. (2011). Investigating the stability of intergestural timing relations. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2011), pp. 397-400. [ISSN 1990-9772].

Gravano, A., Levitan, R., Willson, L., Beňuš, Š., Hirschberg, J., Nenkova, A. (2011).

Acoustic and prosodic correlates of social behavior. Proceedings of the 12th Annual 2/6 Štefan Beňuš, PhD sb513@nyu.edu Curiculum vitae Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2011), pp. 97-100. [ISSN 1990-9772].

Beňuš, Š., Cerňak, M., Darjaa, S., Rusko, M., Trnka, M., (2011). Semi-automatic approach to ASR errors categorization in multi-speaker corpora. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference SLOVKO.

Darjaa, S., Cerňak, M., Beňuš, Š., Rusko, M., Trnka, M., Sabo, R. (2011). Rule-Based Triphone Mapping for Acoustic Modeling in Automatic Speech Recognition'', In Habermal, I, Matoušek, V. (eds.). Text, Speech and Dialogue, 14th International

Conference (TSD2011), Proceedings [LNCS 6836], pp. 268-275. Berlin, Heidelberg:

Springer-Verlag. [ISBN 978-3-642-23537-5, ISSN: 0302-9743] Beňuš, Š., Mády, K. (2010). Effects of lexical stress and speech rate on the quantity and quality of Slovak vowels, Speech Prosody 2010 100185, 1-4.

Beňuš, Š., Bírová, J., Chebenová, V., Molnárová, A., (2010). Výučba výslovnosti cudzích jazykov pomocou porovnávacej akustickej analýzy [Teaching pronunciation of foreign languages using comparative acoustic analysis]. Nitra: UKF. [ISBN: 978-80Beňuš, Š. (2010). Building Interfaces between the Humanities and Cognitive Sciences: the

Case of Human Speech. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education 9, 353-374. [ISSN:





1474-0222] Beňuš, Š. (2009). Are we ‘in sync’: Turn-taking in collaborative dialogues. Proceedings of 10th INTERSPEECH, pp. 2167-2170. Bonn: ISCA. [ISSN: 1990-9772] Beňuš, Š. (2009). Variability and stability in collaborative dialogues: turn-taking and filled pauses. Proceedings of 10th INTERSPEECH, pp 796-799. Bonn: ISCA. [ISSN: 1990Beňuš, Š., Rusko, M. (2009). Prosodic characteristics and emotional meaning of Slovak hotspot words. In: A. Esposito, R. Vich (Eds.). Cross-Modal Analysis of Speech, Gestures, Gaze and Facial Expressions; Lecture Notes in Computer Science [LNAI 5641], pp. 18-27. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

Pouplier, M., Beňuš, Š. (2009). Phonetic properties of syllabic consonants in Slovak. J.

Acoust. Soc. Am. 125(4), pp. 2569-2570 [abstract]. [ISBN 0001-4966] Beňuš, Š. (2009). Turn-taking strategies in cooperative task dialogues. Discourse and Interaction 2(1), 19-32. [ISSN: 1802-9930] Beňuš, Š., Olšiak, M. (2009). Možnosti softvéru PRAAT pri výučbe jazykov. [Potential of PRAAT software for language teaching]. Proceedings from Medacta conference, pp.

162-168. [ISBN: 9788080944803] Benus, S. (2009/2005). Dynamics and Transparency in Vowel Harmony. Doctoral

dissertation, New York University, published by Dissertation.com. [ISBN:

9781599427157] Beňuš, Š. (2009). Optimality Theory and Phonetics-Phonology Interface. LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 40. München: Lincom. [ISBN: 9783895863950] Beňuš, Š., Rusko, M. (2009). Vocal gestures in Slovak: Emotions and prosody. In Esposito, A., Hussain, A., Marinaro, M., Martone, R. (eds). Multimodal Signals: Cognitive and Algorithmic Issues. Lecture Notes in Computer Science [LNAI 5398], pp. 223-231.

Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag. [ISBN: 978-3-642-00524-4] 3/6 Štefan Beňuš, PhD sb513@nyu.edu Curiculum vitae Anttila, A., Fong, V., Beňuš, Š., Nycz, J. (2008). Variation and opacity in Singapore English consonant clusters. Phonology 25(2), 181-216. [ISSN: 0952-6757] Benus, S., Rusko, M. (2008). The acoustics of mid vowels [e] and [o] in Slovak. Proceedings

of the 155th conference of the Acoustical Society of America, pp. 2363-2368. [ISBN:

978-2-9521105-4-9] Benus, S., Rusko, M. (2008). The acoustics of mid vowels [e] and [o] in Slovak. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 123(5), p. 3326 [abstract]. [ISBN 0001-4966] Gravano, A., Benus, S., Hirshberg, J., German, E. S., Ward, G. (2008). The effect of prosody and semantic modality on the assessment of speaker certainty. In Barbosa, P. A., Madureira, S., and Reiss, C. (eds.) Proceedings of the Speech Prosody 2008 Conference, Campinas, Brazil, pp. 401-404.

Benus, S., Gafos, A. (2007). Articulatory characteristics of Hungarian ‘transparent’ vowels.

Journal of Phonetics 35, 271-300. [ISSN: 0095-4470] Gravano, A., Benus, S., Chavez, H., Hirshberg, J., Wilcox, L. (2007). On the role of context in the interpretation of ‘okay’. Proceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics, pp. 800–807.

Benus, S., Gravano, A., Hirschberg, J. (2007). The prosody of backchannels in American English. Proceedings of 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, pp. 1065ISBN: 978-3-9811535-0-7] Benus, S., Gravano, A., Hirschberg, J. (2007). Prosody, emotions, and… ‘whatever’.

Proceedings of Interspeech, pp. 2629-2632. Bonn: ISCA. [ISSN: 1990-9772] Gravano, A., Benus, S., Hirshberg, J., Mitchell, S., Vovsha, I. (2007). Classification of Discourse Functions of Affirmative Words in Spoken Dialogue. Proceedings of Interspeech, pp. 1613-1616. Bonn: ISCA. [ISSN: 1990-9772] Gafos, A., Benus, S. (2006). The dynamics of phonological cognition. Cognitive Science, 30 (5), 905-943. [ISSN 0364-0213] Benus, S., Enos, F., Hirschberg, J., Shriberg, E. (2006). Pauses and deceptive speech. In R.

Hoffmann & H. Mixdorff (Eds.) Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Speech Prosody. Dresden: TUD Press. [ISBN 3-938863-57-9] Enos, F., Benus, S., Cautin, R., Graciarena, M., Hirschberg, J., and Shriberg, E. (2006).

Personality factors in human deception detection: Comparing human to machine performance. Proceedings of Interspeech, pp. 813-816. Bonn: ISCA. [ISSN: 1990Hirschberg, J., Benus, S., Brenier, J., Enos, F., Friedman, S., et al. (2005). Distinguishing Deceptive from Non-Deceptive Speech. Proceedings of Interspeech – Eurospeech, 9th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, pp. 1833-1836.

Bonn: ISCA. [ISBN 1018-4074] Benus, S., Gafos, A. (2005). Qualitative and Quantitative Aspects of Vowel Harmony: A Dynamic Model. In B. G. Bara, L. Barsalou & M. Bucciarelli (Eds.) Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. pp. 226-231. Lawrence Erlbaum, New Jersey, USA. [ISBN 0-9768318-1-3] Benus, S., Kirke, K., and Gafos, A. (2004). Nonlinearity between acoustics and articulation in Hungarian transparent vowels. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 115, p. 2431 [abstract]. [ISBN 0001-4966]

Anttila, A., Fong, V., Benus, S., Nycz, J. (2004), ‘Deriving Consonant Cluster Phonotactics:

4/6 Štefan Beňuš, PhD sb513@nyu.edu Curiculum vitae Evidence from Singapore English’, in Keir Moulton and Matthew Wolf (eds.), Proceedings of the North East Linguistic Society 34, pp. 89-103, Amherst: GLSA.

Also ROA-649. [ISBN: 1419652400] Benus, S., Gafos, A., Goldstein, L. (2004). Phonetics and Phonology of Transparent Vowels in Hungarian. In P. Nowak, C. Yoquelet, & D. Mortensen (Eds.) Proceedings of the 29th annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistic Society, pp. 486-497. Berkeley Linguistic Society, USA. [ISBN 0363-2946] Benus, S., Smorodinsky, I., Gafos, A. (2004). Gestural coordination and the distribution of English “geminates”. In S. Arunachalam & T. Scheffler (Eds.) PWPL 10.1.

Proceedings of 27th Penn Linguistic Colloquium, pp. 33-46. Penn Linguistics Club, USA. [ISBN 1524-9549] Gafos, A., Benus, S. (2003). On Neutral Vowels in Hungarian. In D. Recasens, J.-M. Sole & J Romero (Eds.) Proceedings from 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, pp. 77-80. Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain. [ISBN: 1-8763-46-48-5] Papers presented (unpublished) “The Effect of Semantic Modality on the Assessment of Speaker Certainty”. Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Chicago, IL. January 2008. [with A. Gravano, E. Sneed, G. Ward, and J. Hirschberg] “Filled pauses and deception”, 1st Nitra Conference on Discourse Studies: Trends and Perspectives. Nitra, Slovakia, March 2006.

“Non-linear links between continuity and discreteness: Transparency in Hungarian vowel harmony”. IGERT workshop, John Hopkins University, January 2004. [with Adamantios Gafos] “Consonant clusters in Singapore English”. NWAVE 32, University of Pennsylvania, USA, October 2003. [with A. Anttila and V. Fong, and J. Nycz] “Transparent Vowels in Vowel Harmony”, Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW)

25. Lund, Sweden, April 2003.

“Focus domain neutralization and sentence stress”, poster presented at Prosody in Processing workshop, Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 5-6 July 2001.

“‘WHAT-E-VER’: More than a gendered discourse marker”. International Gender and Language Association Conference. Stanford University, California, USA, May 2000.

[with R. Blake, M. Bakh-Rofheart, S. Cooper, M. Josey and E. Solyom] “I have three words for you...: ‘Whatever’ as a discourse marker”. NWAVE 28. Toronto, Canada, October 1999. [with R. Blake, M. Bakh-Rofheart, S. Cooper, M. Josey and E. Solyom]

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Technical expertise ToBI (Tones and Break Indexes) – labeling and analysis of intonation Praat – labeling and analysis of acoustic aspects of speech Perl, Java, Unix, Matlab – basic computational skills Electromagnetography, Ultrasound – collection of articulatory data References Adamantios I. Gafos, Ph.D.

Linguistics Department, New York University, adamantios.gafos@nyu.edu Julia Hirschberg, Ph.D.

Department of Computer Science, Columbia University, julia@cs.columbia.edu 6/6





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