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Patrizia Bonaventura, PhD

Assistant Professor

PhD, The Ohio State University

M.A., , E.H.E.S.S. and Universite Paris 6

M.S, University of Rome “La Sapienza”

Office: McAllan Hall, Room 4

Phone: 732-263-4639


Web site: Patrizia Bonaventura

Fall 2015 Office Hours:
By Appointment

Fall 2015 Courses:

EDL 211: Introduction to Phonetics

EDL 660: Motor Speech Disorders

EDL 215: Speech & Hearing Science


Prof. Patrizia Bonaventura, a speech scientist and phonetician, has previously worked on phonetic modeling for speech synthesis and recognition for 11 years, collaborating with national and international labs and companies (CSELT Labs, Turin, Italy; Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Hamburg, Germany; Conversay, Redmond, WA). After obtaining her PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences at The Ohio State University in 2003, she worked as teaching post-doc in the Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, and as assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. She teaches courses in phonetics and phonology, linguistics, speech science, instrumental measurements of speech, voice disorders, research methods and motor speech disorders. Her current research focuses on apraxia of speech and its effects on control of temporal coordination of articulation and implementation of prosody, and on affective, cognitive and linguistic factors that impact on the production of normal and disordered prosody, especially in children with autism. She is United Nations DPI-NGO representative for The Institute for Global Understanding, through a partnership with the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), supporting collaboration between university and high school students, to favor access to higher education, and to increase awareness of the United Nations goals and initiatives among youth.

Research Interests:

Current research focuses on speech motor disorders and their effects on control of coordination of articulatory organs; on the link between speech production and perception in children with articulatory and phonological disorders; also, she studies affective, cognitive and linguistic factors that impact on the production of prosody
and its influences on timing properties of speech sounds.

Professional Associations:

Senior Member (since 1999)       Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Member (since 2001)                   Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Senior Member (since 2011)       IEEE Computational Intelligence Society

Member (since 2003)                   American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)


2011       Achievement Award for extraordinary effort as Area Coordinator in the Technical Program Committee of the INTERSPEECH 2011 Conference (in charge of the 'Phonology and Phonetics' areas)

2011       Nominated for the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (CWRU)

2012       Elevated to Full Member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

2007       Elevated to Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Selected Works:


Bonaventura, P. and  Fujimura, O. "Articulatory movements and phrase boundaries", in: P. Beddor, J. Ohala and M. Solé (eds.), 'Experimental Approaches to Phonology', Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2007, pp. 209-227.

Scholarly Articles:

Pincus, D. and Bonaventura, P. "Words as things, words as meanings: the testing of a psychoanalytic principle." Invited commentary on the target article: "Testing Freud's hypothesis that word forms and word meaning are functionally distinct: subliminal primary process cognition and its link to personality" by Karen Klein Villa, Howard Shevrin, Michael Snodgrass, Ariane Bazan, and Linda A.W. Brakel; Neuro-Psychoanalysis, vol. 8, n. 1, 2006.

Bonaventura, P. , M. Gori, M. Maggini, F. Scarselli and J. Q. Sheng  "A hybrid model for the prediction of the linguistic origin of surnames", IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 15 (5), pp. 760-763, 2003.

Menzel W., Herron D., Morton R., Pezzotta D., Bonaventura P. and Howarth P.  "Interactive pronunciation training", ReCALL, 13 (1), pp. 67-78, 2001.

Atwell E., Baldo P., Bisiani R., Bonaventura P., Herron D., Howarth P., Menzel W., Morton R. , Souter C. and Wick H.  "User-Guided System Development in Interactive Spoken Language Education", Natural Language Engineering, 6 (3/4), pp. 229-241, 2000.

Bonaventura P., Tessiore L. and Giuliani F. "Letter-to-phone transcription rules for Brazilian and European Portuguese, with application to automatic speech recognition", 'Intercâmbio', 9, 2000.

Bonaventura P. and Di Carlo A.  "Grapheme-to-phoneme transcription rules for applications to speech synthesis of standard Italian", Rivista Italiana di Acustica, 3, 1985, pp. 85-105.


Presentations/Invited Talks:

Bonaventura, P., Piecuch, T., Oaxley M., Iida J. and Prahl, J. "Assessment of speech production with dentures by electromagnetic articulography", to be presented at the 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'13), Osaka, Japan, July 3-7, 2013.

Bonaventura, P.  and Taylor, P.  "Modeling stable articulatory patterns across subjects variability", on: Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, vol. 4, 06004, 2008 (online at: ).

Bonaventura, P., Varjao, F. and Sharma, V. "Compensatory articulatory strategies in speech with dentures", presented at the 6th International Conference on Speech Motor Control, Groningen - Nijmegen, June 8-11 2011.

Bonaventura, P. , Tomaiuoli D., Pasqua E., Calanca M., Massini M., Miller, L., Owens, R. and Marulli M. "Word-internal coarticulation patterns in Italian children with Speech Sound Disorders of Unknown Origin: an acoustic study", presented at the 28th IALP (International Association of Logopedics and Pediatrics) Congress, Athens, Greece, August 22-26 2010.

Bonaventura, P.,  Tomaiuoli D., Pasqua E., Calanca M., Lewis B. and Massini M. "Speech Production in Italian Versus English Children With Childhood Apraxia of Speech: An Acoustic Longitudinal Study", presented at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Convention, Chicago, 20-22 November 2008.

Clopton, S. and Bonaventura, P.  "Articulation errors in Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)", presented at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Convention, Chicago, 20-22 November 2008.

Bonaventura, P. and Taylor, P.   "Cross- subject stability of models of articulatory movements", presented at the Acoustical Society of America Meeting, Paris - 29 June-4 July 2008.

Bonaventura, P.  and Brandt, P. A.  "Sentence modes and prosodic phrasing", presented to the Speech Prosody 2008 Conference, Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 6 - 9, 2008.

Bonaventura, P.  and Clopton, S. "Patterns of internal syllable structuring in CAS", presented at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Convention, Boston, 15-17 November 2007.

Bonaventura, P., Lewis B., Freebairn L. and  Clopton S. "Intervocalic coarticulation across syllables in children with CAS", presented at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Convention, Boston, 15-17 November 2007.

Bonaventura, P. and Brandt, P. A.  "STEMMA: a new system for multilingual POS tagging/parsing for applications in synthetic speech prosodic stylization", presented at the Language, Culture and Mind Conference, Paris, July 17-20, 2006.

Bonaventura, P.  "Prosodic effects on articulatory movements at phrase boundaries in spontaneous speech", presented at the 5th International Conference on Speech Motor Control, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, June 7 - 10, 2006.

Bonaventura, P. "Patterns of interarticulator coordination within the syllable", presented at the Acoustical Society of America 151st Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, 5--9 June 2006.

Bonaventura, P.  "A model of invariant patterns of articulatory movements", presented at the ASA/CAA Meeting, Vancouver, BC, May 16-20, 2005.

Bonaventura, P. and Fujimura O. "Prosodic effects on articulatory movement patterns", presented at the Conference on Methods in Phonology (in Honor of John J. Ohala), UC Berkeley, 21-23 May 2004.

Bonaventura, P., Howarth P. and Menzel W.  "Phonetic annotation of a non-native speech corpus", InSTIL 2000 (Integrating Speech Technology in (Language) Learning), pp. 10-17, Dundee, UK, 29-30 August 2000.

Bonaventura, P., Herron D. and Menzel W.  "Phonetic rules for diagnosis of pronunciation errors", Konvens 2000 (Konferenz Verarbeitung natürlicher Sprache, or Conference on Natural Language Processing), pp. 225-230, Ilmenau, Germany, 9-12 October 2000.

Menzel W. , Atwell E., Herron D., Bonaventura P., Howarth P., Morton R. and Souter C. "The ISLE corpus of non-native spoken English", LREC2000 (2nd International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation), pp. 957-963, Athens, Greece, 31 May-2 June 2000.

Menzel W., Herron D., Bonaventura P.  and Morton R.  "Automatic detection and correction of non-native English pronunciation", InSTIL 2000 (Integrating Speech Technology in (Language) Learning), pp. 49-56, Dundee, UK, 29-30 August 2000.


 "An acoustic study of temporal aspects of gesture coordination within and across syllables in GAE  "

"Acoustic analysis of speech errors in Italian-speaking children with Phonological Disorders"

"Acoustic analysis of V-V anticipatory coarticulatory patterns in words vs. non-words by General American English -speaking children in typical development"

"Sentence modes and prosodic phrasing: a cognitive semio-linguistic perspective on intonation modeling"