The SLS research group has the following core members as of spring 2019:

Andrea Brink Siem

18301952_10211939056608501_2945112894454507554_n-2Andrea is an MA student in Linguistics, who has just come back from interning at Lancaster University. Her competences are mainly within acoustic and articulatory phonetics and Danish phonology but her interests in the field are broad and her curiosity restless!


Anna Jespersen

IMG_20180308_102435Our webmaster, Anna, currently is starting up a new project with Míša (see below). From January 2019 she will be trying to tease apart biological and social ageing from chronological age, in an effort to see how ageing affects all sorts of cool laryngeal phenomena. However, due to previous projects, she tends to get sidetracked by all things intonational. Her website is here.



Anne Mahler Schmidt

Anne is a BA student in lingustics currently working as a student researcher on The Puzzle of Danish. She is interested in language acquisition (especially in children) and in dialects in Denmark.



Birgitte Poulsen

Birgitte is a BA student in English. She has a keen interest in multilingualism and foreign accented English.




Catharine Lovejoy

Catharine is a BA student in English. She is passionate about ancient languages and actively collects obscure phrases  from Middle English and Early Modern English and tries to reintroduce them into Present-Day English.



Ditte Zachariassen

ditte_havnDitte is a PhD student at Linguistics working with ethnolects in Aarhus, based on recordings of naturally occurring interaction, mostly self-recordings made by younger speakers from Aarhus West and South. Ditte looks at ways in which pronunciation and intonation varies from the general local dialect.


Jonas Villumsen

image1Jonas is an intern with Ocke at the department of English. He is interested in speech perception and production, and in what links the two in SLA. He is currently looking into how speech production affects L2 phonetic category formation.



Krestina Vendelbo


Krestina is an MA student in English who just wrote her bachelor on how female speech is altered when transferred via mobile phones. She is interested in speech perception and acoustics. And of course everything else that concerns the lovely sounds of English.


Mads Kristian Andersen

pictureforsoundsoflangMads’s research interests mainly revolve around acoustic phonetics, speech perception and language acquisition. He is currently very interested in speech registers (e.g. foreigner/infant directed speech), and their impact on language acquisition. He is also very interested in learning more about coding and statistics.

Mette Hjortshøj Sørensen

20180208_103237Mette is interested in almost anything phonetic. Her main research interests include sociophonetics, speaker variability, speech perception and forensic phonetics. She finds it incredibly interesting that people have quite individual ways of expressing themselves and that – besides the actual literal content of utterances – people are giving away lots of indexical information about who they are when they speak. Mette teaches part time at Aarhus University and then she has her own little company where she performs forensic phonetic casework for the Police and lawyers That’s right – using linguistics to fight crime!

Míša Hejná

ScreenShot2017-07-06at01.49.52Míša’s research interests lie primarily in the areas of phonetics, phonology, and language variation and change. She’s very much interested in motivations behind sound change, phonetic precursors of the sound patterns of languages, and mechanical biases behind such patterns. You can find out more on her website.


Ocke-Schwen Bohn

IMG_4226Ocke is interested in just about any aspect of phonetics. His research focus is speech perception, especially cross-language perception, and second language speech, especially foreign accent.  He has also worked on infant speech perception, infant directed speech, articulatory phonetics, and phonetic typology. He is particularly obsessed with the characteristics and functions of asymmetries in speech perception, and with finding out what constitutes phonetic similarity. His website is here, and many of his publications are accessible on Google Scholar.

Olivia Bøgeskov Schneider

OliviaOlivia is BA English student. While she finds most things interesting, if she had to name something she liked it would be multilingualism or second language learning.



Rasmus Puggaard Hansen (long-distance member)

Rasmus is a former MA student at AU Linguistics, and current PhD student at Leiden University, working within the Syllable structure: Acquisition, Loss and Typology project. He is interested in most things phonetic, but has focused most of his attention on phonetics and phonology – particularly acoustics and the phonetics-phonology interface.



Sandra Joel
Sandra recently submitted her MA thesis. She wrote about Danes’ problems with pronouncing the difference between /z/ and /s/. Foreign accents interest her in general, and thus not only Danish-accented English. Even though this (obviously) is the accent with which she has the most experience.


Sidsel Rasmussen

Sidsel-Gugong Sidsel is interested very broadly in various phenomena within Chinese linguistics, but spends most of her time studying the phonology of Modern Standard Chinese, nonnative speech perception and foreign accented speech. Currently she is particularly interested in rhymes as well as the effect of vowel context on the perception of consonants.

Søren Sandager Sørensen

GetPersonaPhotoSøren is currently working with conversation analysis and phonetics & prosody in his PhD project about describing response tokens in Danish. He works a lot with the intonation, but other phonetic and prosodic features are investigated too. Søren’s work with conversation analysis is also connected with the DanTIN group and His website can be found here.

Trine Askjær-Jørgensen


Trine recently got her Master’s Degree in English and her thesis was about accentedness and comprehensibility of native and nonnative English as perceived by Danish listeners. This, obviously, is one of her interests, but otherwise she is also more generally interested in English accents and dialects, inter-Scandinavian intelligibility, forensic phonetics (speaker recognition particularly) as well as auditory perception and language evolution.

Yonatan Goldshtein

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Yonatan is a PhD student working on the intonational variation in the traditional dialects of Jutland. He was raised a contact linguist and became a phonologist by accident. Luckily he is currently loving it. His areas of interested include creole studies, Scandinavian dialectology, peripheral Arabic dialect, Nuristani languages, computational typology and dialectology, and recently intonation, tone and accent-stuff.