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My research primarily focuses on speech communication and my interests range from the automatic modelling of rhythm to the study of the structure and dynamics of phonological systems in the light of the science of complexity. I defended my ‘habilitation à diriger des recherches’ on linguistic complexity in 2009. I am also involved in the study of the interaction between neurocognitive, perceptual and phonetic processes during the comprehension of degraded speech. Finally, I’m also interested in the development and application of human language technologies (such as automatic speech recognition) for under-resourced African languages. I joined Lyon in 1999 and led the ‘Language Identification’ group of the DDL ‘Dynamique Du Langage’ laboratory for seven years. I have been a CNRS Senior Researcher in Linguistics (DR2 CNRS) since 2009 and the Director of the DDL since 2004. Before, I received a Master Degree in electronic engineering and signal processing from the “Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse” in 1994 and a Ph.D. in Computer science from the University of Toulouse in 1998.



Language and Dialect Identification (rhythm modeling; perception and linguistic distance).


Language and Languages Complexity (dynamics and structure of phonetic-phonological systems; cross-linguistic study of linguistic information rates).


Comprehension in degraded speech (relation among audition, perception et comprehension of degraded speech: reversed speech and cocktail party effect).




Coordinator of the 'laboratory of excellence' ASLAN Advanced Studies on Language complexity (2011-)


Deputy director of the Doctoral SchoolNeurosciences and Cognition (ED476 NSCo) of the University of Lyon


Member of the Scientific Council of the CNRS National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (InSHS)(2010-2014)


Director of the 'Dynamique Du Langage' Laboratory (2004-2012).


Member of the Board of Directors (Conseil d'administration) of the université Lumière Lyon 2 (2008-2009)


Member of the Board of Directors (Conseil d'administration) of the ENS-LSH (2006-2007)




Principal Investigator, Project CL²: Complexity, Language and Languages, ANR Non thématique CL² 05-3_43182 (2005-09)


Principal Investigator, Project SDSP²: Structure and Dynamics of Phonetic-Phonological Systems, ACI Systèmes Complexes en SHS (2003-04)


Principal Investigator, Project: From language identification to language characterization, ACI Jeunes Chercheurs n°67280 (2000-02)


Principal Investigator, Project: Automatic Identification of European Languages, Région Rhône-Alpes EMERGENCE IALE (2000-01)


Principal Investigator, Project: Identification of Afro-Asiatic languages and dialects, ATIP CNRS SHS n°34229 (2000-01)



PhDs and master thesis

Pellegrino, F., 2009, "De l'identification des langues à la complexité phonologique", Habilitation à diriger des recherches, Sciences du Langage, Université Lumière Lyon 2, Université de Lyon, soutenue le 22 janvier 2009 à Lyon, 154 p.  (résumé, synthèse - 2 Mo)


Pellegrino, F., 1998, "Une approche phonétique en identification automatique des langues: la modélisation acoustique des systèmes vocaliques", Doctorat, Informatique, spécialité Traitement automatique de la parole soutenue le 22 décembre 1998, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse  (PDF, ps.gz)

Edited books

Pellegrino, F., Marsico, E., Chitoran, I. & Coupé, C. (eds), 2009, "Approaches to phonological complexity", 16, Berlin, New York, Mouton de Gruyter, 382 p., 9783110223941  (Couverture, Table of Contents, Introduction Chapter)


Pellegrino, F. (ed), 2001, "De la caractérisation à l'identification des langues. Actes sélectionnés de la 1ère journée d'étude sur l'identification automatique des langues (19/01/1999, Lyon)", Lyon, Edition en ligne  (pdf, 154 p., 3 Mo)

Chapters in books

Coupé, C., Marsico, E. & Pellegrino, F., 2017, "To what Extent are Phonological Inventories Complex Systems?", in Complexity in Language. Developmental and Evolutionary Perspectives, Mufwene, S., Coupé, C. & Pellegrino, F. (eds), Cambridge University Press, pp. 135-164


Coupé, C., Hombert, J.M., Marsico, E. & Pellegrino, F., 2013, "Investigations into Determinants of the Diversity of the World’s Languages. ", in East Flows the Great River: Festschrift in Honor of Prof. William S-Y. Wang on his 80th Birthday, Shi, F. & Peng, G. (eds), Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong Press, pp. 75-108  (paper)


Chenu, F., Pellegrino, F., Jisa, H. & Fayol, M., 2011, "Définir les pauses pour étudier la dynamique de la production écrite", in Le langage et ses niveaux d'analyse. Cognition, production de formes, production du sens., Chuquet, J. (ed), Collection Rivages linguistiques, Rennes, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, pp. 145-159


Pellegrino, F., 2011, "Rhythm", in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences, Hogan, P. (ed), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press  (draft)


Coupé, C., Marsico, E. & Pellegrino, F., 2009, "Structural complexity of phonological systems", in Approaches to phonological complexity, Pellegrino, F., Marsico, E., Chitoran, I. & Coupé, C. (eds), Phonology & Phonetics Series vol. 16, Berlin, New York, Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 141-169  (chapter)


Ferragne, E. & Pellegrino, F., 2007, "Automatic dialect identification: a study of British English", in Speaker Classification II/2, Müller, C. & Schötz, S. (eds), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, pp. 243-257  (chapter)


Oh, Y., Coupé, C., Marsico, E. & Pellegrino, F., 2015, "Bridging Phonological System and Lexicon: Insights from a Corpus Study of Functional Load", Journal of Phonetics, 53, pp. 153-176  (final draft)


Pellegrino, F., Coupé, C. & Marsico, E., 2011, "A cross-language perspective on speech information rate", Language, 87:3, pp. 539-558  (paper - final draft)


Ferragne, E. & Pellegrino, F., 2010, "Formant frequencies of vowels in 13 accents of the British Isles", Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 40:1, pp. 1-34 (Revue)  (full text pdf)


Ferragne, E. & Pellegrino, F., 2010, "Vowel systems and accent similarity in the British Isles: exploiting multidimensional acoustic distances in phonetics", Journal of Phonetics, 38:4, pp. 526-539  (paper)


Boulenger, V., Hoen, M., Ferragne, E., Pellegrino, F. & Meunier, F., 2010, "Real-time lexical competitions during speech-in-speech comprehension", Speech Communication, 52:3, pp. 246-253  (pdf)


Hoen, M., Meunier, F., Grataloup, C., Pellegrino, F., Grimault, N., Perrin, F., Perrot, X. & Collet, L., 2007, "Phonetic and lexical interferences in informational masking during speech-in-speech comprehension", Speech Communication, 49:12, pp. 905-916  (pdf)


Rouas, J.L., Farinas, J., Pellegrino, F. & André-Obrecht, R., 2005, "Rhythmic Unit Extraction and Modelling for Automatic Language Identification", Speech Communication, 47:4, pp. 436-456  (pdf)


Farinas, J., Rouas, J.L., Pellegrino, F. & André-Obrecht, R., 2005, "Extraction automatique de paramètres prosodiques pour l’identification automatique des langues", Traitement du Signal, 22:2  (draft pdf)


Barkat-Defradas, M., Vasilescu, I. & Pellegrino, F., 2003, "Stratégies perceptuelles et identification automatique des langues: application au continuum dialectal arabe", Revue PArole, 25, pp. 1-44  (pdf)


Pellegrino, F. & André-Obrecht, R., 2000, "Automatic language identification: an alternative approach to phonetic modelling", European Journal Signal Processing. Special Issue on Emerging Techniques for Communication Terminals, 80  (Pdf)

Conferences with proceedings

Maddieson, I., Flavier, S., Marsico, E., Coupé, C. & Pellegrino, F., 2013, "LAPSyD: Lyon-Albuquerque Phonological Systems Database", proc. of 14th Interspeech Conference, Lyon, France, 25-29 August 2013  (pdf)


Gelas, H., Besacier, L. & Pellegrino, F., 2012, "Developments of Swahili resources for an automatic speech recognition system", proc. of SLTU, Cape Town, South Africa, 07-09 May (Slides)  (paper)


Gelas, H., Besacier, L. & Pellegrino, F., 2012, "Développement de ressources en swahili pour un système de reconnaisance automatique de la parole", actes de JEP, Grenoble, France, Juin 2012 (Slides)  (paper)


Gelas, H., Abate, S., Besacier, L. & Pellegrino, F., 2012, "Analyse des performances de modèles de langage sub-lexical pour des langues peu-dotées à morphologie riche", actes de JEP, Workshop TALAF, Grenoble, France, Juin 2012 (Slides)  (paper)


Ferragne, E., Bedoin, N., Boulenger, V. & Pellegrino, F., 2011, "The perception of a derived contrast in Scottish English ", proc. of ICPhS, Hong-Kong, 17-21 August  (pdf)


Boulenger, V., Ferragne, E., Bedoin, N. & Pellegrino, F., 2011, "Derived contrasts in Scottish English: an EEG study ", proc. of ICPhS, Hong-Kong, 17-21 August  (pdf)


Gelas, H., Abate, S., Besacier, L. & Pellegrino, F., 2011, "Evaluation of crowdsourcing transcriptions for African languages", proc. of Human Language Technology for Development, Alexandria, Egypt, 02-05 May


Gelas, H., Abate, S., Besacier, L. & Pellegrino, F., 2011, "Quality assessment of crowdsourcing transcriptions for African languages", proc. of Interspeech, Florence, Italy, 28-31 August  (paper, poster)


Gelas, H., Besacier, L., Rossato, S. & Pellegrino, F., 2010, "Using automatic speech recognition for phonological purposes: Study of Vowel Lenght in Punu (Bantu B40)", proc. of LabPhon12, New Mexico (U.S.), 8-10 July (abstract) (poster)  (abstract, poster)


Ferragne, E. & Pellegrino, F., 2010, "Towards a knowledge-based system for accent classification in the British Isles", proc. of LabPhon, Albuquerque, 8-10 juillet 2010 (abstract) (poster)  (abstract [pdf])


Pellegrino, F., Ferragne, E. & Meunier, F., 2010, "2010, a speech oddity: Phonetic transcription of reversed speech", proc. of Interspeech 2010, Makuhari, Japan, September, 26-30 (poster)  (pdf)


Ferragne, E. & Pellegrino, F., 2008, "Le rythme dans les dialectes de l’anglais : une affaire d’intensité ?", actes de Journées d'Etude de la Parole, Avignon, 9-13 juin 2008 (poster)  (full text)


Carré, R., Pellegrino, F. & Divenyi, P., 2007, "Speech Dynamics: epistemological aspects", proc. of 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS), Saarbrücken, 6-10 August 2007 (poster)


Grataloup, C., Hoen, M., Meunier, F., Pellegrino, F., Veuillet, E. & Collet, L., 2007, "Cognitive Reconstruction of Reversed Speech in Normal and Dyslexic Adults ", proc. of EuroCogSci Proceedings of the european cognitive science conference, Delphi (Greece), May 23-27 , Vosniadou, S., Kayser, D. & Protopapas, A. (eds) (abstract)


Dellwo, V., Ferragne, E. & Pellegrino, F., 2006, "The perception of intended speech rate in English, French, and German by French speakers", proc. of Speech Prosody '06, Dresden, Germany, May 2-5, 2006  (pdf)


Grataloup, C., Hoen, M., Collet, L., Veuillet, E., Pellegrino, F. & Meunier, F., 2005, "Reversed speech comprehension depends on the auditory efferent system functionality", proc. of Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech - 9th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, Lisbonne, Portugal, September 4-8 (poster)  (article pdf)


Ferragne, E. & Pellegrino, F., 2004, "A comparative account of the suprasegmental and rhythmic features of British English dialects ", proc. of MIDL, Paris, 2004  (full text PDF)


Hamdi, R., Barkat-Defradas, M., Ferragne, E. & Pellegrino, F., 2004, "Speech Timing and Rhythmic structure in Arabic dialects", proc. of 8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, Jeju, Korea, 2004 (poster)  (full text PDF)


Ferragne, E. & Pellegrino, F., 2004, "Rhythm in read British English: interdialect variability", proc. of 8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, Jeju, Korea, 2004 (poster)  (full text PDF)


Pellegrino, F., Farinas, J. & Rouas, J.L., 2004, "Automatic Estimation of Speaking Rate in Multilingual Spontaneous Speech", proc. of Speech Prosody, Nara, Japan, 23-26 March (poster)  (pdf)


Meyer, J., Pellegrino, F., Barkat, M. & Meunier, F., 2003, "The notion of perceptual distance: the case of Afroasiatic languages", proc. of ICPhS, Barcelone, Espagne, Août 2003 (poster)  (pdf)


Rouas, J.L., Farinas, J., Pellegrino, F. & André-Obrecht, R., 2003, "Modeling prosody for language identification on read and spontaneous speech", proc. of ICASSP, Hong Kong, China, 06 Apr - 10 Apr 2003 (poster)  (pdf)


Pellegrino, F., Chauchat, J.H., Rakotomalala, R. & Farinas, J., 2002, "Can Automatically Extracted Rhythmic Units Discriminate Among Languages?", proc. of Speech Prosody 2002, Aix en Provence, France, Avril 2002  (pdf)


Farinas, J. & Pellegrino, F., 2001, "Automatic Rhythm Modeling for Language Identification", proc. of Eurospeech '01 Scandinavia, Aalborg, Danemark, 2001, 4, pp. 2539-2542  (pdf)


Pellegrino, F., Farinas, J. & André-Obrecht, R., 1999a, "Comparison of two phonetic approaches to language identification", proc. of Eurospeech '99, Budapest (Hongrie), 1999  (pdf)


Barkat, M., Ohala, J. & Pellegrino, F., 1999, "Prosody as a Distinctive Feature for the Recognition of Arabic Dialects", proc. of Eurospeech '99, Budapest, Hongrie, 1999, 1, pp. 395-398  (pdf)


Pellegrino, F. & André-Obrecht, R., 1999, "An Unsupervised Approach to Language Identification", proc. of IEEE ICASSP '99, Phoenix, 1999  (pdf)


Pellegrino, F. & André-Obrecht, R., 1997, "From vocalic detection to automatic emergence of vowel systems ", proc. of ICASSP, Munich, Germany, 21-24 April 2007 (poster)  (pdf)


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