The SLS research group has the following members as of spring 2018 (list being updated):
Andrea Brink Siem
Andrea is an MA student in Linguistics, who’s currently 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!
Our webmaster, Anna, currently tries to map out some recent innovations in Belfast English declarative intonation and tie them in with sociolinguistic factors such political views and age. She tends to focus on (and talk a lot about) uptalk and intonation, but is in fact interested more widely in experimental and theoretical phonetics, sociolinguistics, and World Englishes. Her website is here.
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.
Jonas 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 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
Mads’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
Mette 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 http://kriminalfonetik.dk/. That’s right – using linguistics to fight crime!
Míša’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 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.
Rasmus Puggaard Hansen
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
Søren 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 Samtalegrammatik.dk. His website can be found here.
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.