The SLS research group has more than 70 passive members (who receive our mails and attend select events). It also comprises the following core members as of autumn 2021:
Andrea Brink Siem
Andrea, previously an MA student of Linguistics at AU, is now a PhD student 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, is trying to tease apart biological and social ageing from chronological age in an effort to see how ageing affects (phonetic) language variation and change. However, due to previous projects, she tends to get sidetracked by all things intonational. Her website is here.
Birgitte is a PhD student at the Department of English, AU. Her interests lie in everything related to languages. Her special focus is on foreign accent, including both speech perception and production in second language speech. She is currently working on a project regarding the perceptual flexibility of seniors, which involves the effect training may have on perception and production of unfamiliar language sounds and how this relates to the learner’s age.
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.
Chris Cox, previously a student of Phonetics & Phonology at the University of York, is a PhD student at the Interacting Minds Centre/Department of Cognitive Science & Linguistics. He is currently using a new experimental methodology to explore how infants discover and learn the speech sounds of their mother tongue. Other interests include predictive processing, statistical learning, digital signal processing, acoustic phonetics, and computational modelling.
Ditte 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.
Henrik Jørgensen is working on phonetic and phonological subjects (among many other things). He is also interested in related acoustic matters, like oversize recorders.
Jonas is a PhD student 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. Jonas is our lab booking manager and assistant.
Krestina V. Christensen
Krestina is a PhD student at English who is interested in forensic phonetics, speech perception, and acoustics, especially if the speech is digitally transmitted. And of course everything else that concerns the lovely sounds of English. She is currently staying in York, as her PhD is joint between Aarhus University and University of York.
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.
Olivia Bøgeskov Schneider
Olivia 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 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.
Sebastian is an MA student in English linguistics. While he enjoys all branches of linguistics, his main interests are sociolinguistics and how language changes depending on social context. But neurolinguistics and language and cognition make for a close second!
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.
Signe Thiim Ebbesen
Signe is an MA student in English. She is interested in most aspects of sociophonetics and especially topics involving gender and/or sexuality.
Sofia an MA student in Linguistics. She did her BA thesis on the role of voice quality in the perception of vocal affect, which is where her main interest within phonetics lies. Otherwise she is slowly getting into the field of computational linguistics and finding new exciting stuff to study there!
Søren Sandager Sørensen
Søren is currently a postdoc on the “Grammar in Everday Life” project with DanTIN and Samtalegrammatik.dk, where he will provide theoretical contributions to Interactional Linguistics and Conversation Analysis based on descriptions of Danish grammar. He has an interest in phonetics, prosody and response tokens and studied those in his PhD, but is also moving towards topics within morphology and syntax. His website can be found here.
Broadly speaking, Zac’s primary research interests explore how individuals employ and evaluate linguistic features to construct an identity of both self and other. In this he focuses on indexical form and meaning. Here at Aarhus he works on voice quality in both production and perception. Find out more about his work on his super awesome website – zacboyd.co.uk!
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.