Marie-José Kolly

Marie-José Kolly

PhD completed @ UZH

Currently datajournalist @ Neue Zürcher Zeitung




Short bio

After a
      ...3-year position as research assistant and PhD student in the SNF Project   Forensic Phonetic Speaker Identification Based on Temporal Evidence at the Phonetics Laboratory, University of Zurich
     ...7 months of collaboration with Dr. Philippe Boula de Mareüil at the LIMSI-CNRS in Paris with a Doc.Mobility grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation
     ...and a year as a forensic linguist at LINGUA, Swiss State Secretariat for Migration

     ...I currently work as a datajournalist in the Storytelling Team of Neue Zürcher Zeitung.



My PhD dissertation, "The influence of speaker origin and individuality on rhythmic features of non-native speech", was supervised by Prof. Dr. Volker Dellwo and Prof. Dr. Stephan Schmid. It was successfully defended on March 2, 2016.

Thesis committee: Prof. Dr. Volker Dellwo, Prof. Dr. Stephan Schmid, Prof. Dr. Francis Nolan, Prof. Dr. Martin Meyer, Dr. Philippe Boula de Mareüil.     


Science and Society

I have co-developped several dialect prediction applications for science communication and crowdsourcing data:


  • Dialäkt Äpp for Swiss German (iOS).
  • Voice Äpp for Swiss German, with automatic speech recognition (iOS and Android).
  • Grüezi, Moin, Servus for German-speaking Europe (iOS, Android and Web-app in collaboration with Tagesanzeiger and Spiegel online).
  • English Dialects (iOS and Android)



I am interested in linguistic and other data and their value for science and society.