The SLS group meets every to every second week in term for approximately an hour (or as long as it takes us to finish our discussions and polish off the (now virtual) cake). 

In spring 2021, we will alternate between two timeslots: Wednesdays 1:15-2pm and Thursdays 2:15-3pm.

This semester will be fully online again. The link to our permanent Zoom meeting is here:

14 January: TalkAndrea: “The articulation of the Aarhusian stød” NB! This talk takes place at 14:15

27 January (WED, 1:15-2pm): TalkJonas: “Production and perception of the SBE hot-hut vowel contrast by L1 Danish learners of English before and after high variability phonetic training”.

3 February (WED, 1:15-2pm): Organisational meeting! Bring your ideas for papers, talks and other phun things for the semester to come!

10 February (Wed, 1:15-2pm). Reading group. Phonology papers. Read either or both of the following:

18 February (Thur, 2:15-3pm): Guest talk. Oliver Niebuhr (University of Southern Denmark) – “Why it matters to be a charismatic speaker: ‘Phun’ analyses from SDU students and beyond”.

24 February (Wed, 1:15-2pm) Talk. Paul Boersma (visiting AU) – “Phonological features emerge substance-freely from the phonetics and the morphology”.

4 March (Thur, 2:15-3pm) Guest talk. Agnes Mikkelsen (University of Copenhagen). Topic: her BA on attitudes to the speech of drag queens.

9th March (14:15-15:00) PhD talk. Krestina: “Digital transmission – What is it and why do we care from a linguistic perspective?” PhD talks take place on their own Zooms. Phon phunners will receive the relevant link by email a few days before the talk. Interested non-phunners, please ask Anna to forward the link

10 March (Wed, 1:15-2) Talk. Kirstine Boas & Silke Flodin (AU). Topic: Tonal stød in Funen.

16th March (Tue, 15:00-16:00pm): Voice talk. Sofia Navarro (AU) gives a talk on her BA thesis: “The role of voice quality in the perception of vocal affect: An empirical study.” This talk is part of the interdisciplinary Voice project, and is accessible through the Voice zoom:

18 March (Thur, 2:15-3pm) Reading group. We’ll be reading the following paper on tone change:

24 March (Wed, 1:15-2pm) Talk. Camilla and Silke Hamann (visiting AU)“Phonotactic restrictions in L2 acquisition of final plosives: a neutral network account”.

7 April (Wed, 1:15-2pm) Guest talk. Timo Roettger (University of Oslo). “The credibility revolution in the speech sciences”. Read Timo’s abstract here:

Large-scale attempts to replicate published studies across the quantitative sciences have uncovered surprisingly low replication rates. This discovery has led to what is now referred to as the “replication crisis”. Since our understanding of human language is increasingly shaped by quantitative data, there are raising concerns that a similar state of affairs is true for quantitative linguistics because it shares with other disciplines many research practices that decrease the replicability of published findings. In this talk, I will have a closer look at quantitative linguistics in general and the speech sciences in particular. I will suggest promising ways forward to increase the transparency, reproducibility, and replicability of our work. Moreover, I will offer actionable solutions that can help us create a more robust empirical foundation of quantitative linguistics and aid us in saving time and resources.

15 April (Thur, 2:15-3pm) Guest Talk. Nicolai Pharao (Copenhagen University, DK). “Attempts at describing the tonal stress group in Copenhagen Multiethnolect – why bother?”

22 April (Thur, 2:15-3pm) Guest talk. Jasper Hong Sim (Cambridge, UK) – “Variation in English /l/ in the child-directed speech of English-Malay bilinguals in Singapore”.

28 April (Wed, 1:15-2pm) Guest talk. Marina Cantarutti (Open University, UK) – “A multimodal approach to the study of phonetics as a resource for managing participant problems in interaction: Opportunities and challenges”.

In this talk, I will explore some of the opportunities, challenges, and “uncomfortable truths” that an understanding of phonetics within a multimodal view of language in and as (inter)action can offer to the study of phonetic phenomena.  In real interactional situations, participants make use of a wealth of resources at their disposal and weave them in particular ways to orient to the demands of their communicative contexts and to basically “get things done”. This poses important questions on the study of phonetics when trying to pin down pragmatic functions of particular phonetic features, as well as for determining what makes particular instances of phenomena count as part of the same collection (Ogden & Cantarutti, submitted).  By describing some of the tenets, methods, and findings of the phonetics of talk-in-interaction (Couper-Kuhlen & Selting, 1996; Local and Walker, 2012; Ogden, 2021) and my own research on collaborative practices (Cantarutti, 2020; Szczepek-Reed, 2006; Lerner, 1996,  2002, 2004), I will show how phonetics interacts with other resources to deal with the temporal and incremental reality of talk-in-interaction, and primarily to solve the concurrent participation, turn and sequence organisation, and stance projection problems that co-participants routinely face and smoothly manage. I will provide evidence for why it might make sense to adopt a parametric approach (Abercrombie, 1964; Local & Walker, 2005) that sees strands of phonetic detail as part of positionally-sensitive and multimodal gestalts/constructions (Ogden, 2010; Mondada, 2018) where phonetics, gesture and lexico-grammar interact in meaningful ways. I will propose that by focusing on gestalts and on participant orientation and co-creation processes of interwoven semiotic resources rather than only on individual features, and by doing so by attending to the location of these resources as much as their design, we can gain a more complete understanding of how phonetics contributes to action production and ascription in interaction “in the wild”.

5 May (Wed, 1:15-2pm) Guest talk. Robert Lennon (University of Lancaster, UK). “Comparing Scottish and English listeners’ perception of ambiguous rhoticity”.

11th May (14:15-15:00). PhD talk. Jonas: “A preliminary investigation into the production and perception of the SBE vowel contrast in lot-strut by L1 Danish learners of English”. PhD talks take place on their own Zooms. Phon phunners will receive the relevant link by email a few days before the talk. Interested non-phunners, please ask Anna to forward the link

12 May (Wed, 9:15 and going on for two to three hours): Workshop. Adrian Leemann (University of Bern, CH): “Using smartphones and web-apps for phonetic data collection: benefits and pitfalls”. Phonetic data collection typically involves conducting interviews with participants in close proximity. The safety precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic brought such data collection to an abrupt halt: social distancing forced linguistic fieldwork into involuntary hibernation. There is an obvious workaround though: we can use smartphones and web-apps for remote data collection. Todays devices are equipped with top-end mics, screens to draw on, cameras etc. – all of which offer exciting opportunities for remote data collection. The problem is: how good is the recording quality of smartphones really? How do devices differ? How well can older speakers navigate smartphones and web-apps (‘computer literacy’)? In this interactive workshop we’ll talk about just that. All welcome – this workshop will run on our normal Phon Phun Zoom Space.

20 May (Thur, 9:00-13) Workshop. Riccardo Fusarolli and Chris Cox (both AU): “What is the deal with Bayesian modeling: a hands-on introduction relying on brms and R”. In this workshop we will interleave lectures and practice to enable you to understand and run Bayesian statistical analyses in R using brms. We will cover a concrete example (possibly vowel hyperarticulation in child directed speech in Danish), following a Bayesian workflow that builds models according to what we know of the problem and doesn’t try to fit data according to the statistical tests we know. This workshop requires some familiarity with R coding and statistical modeling as we won’t have the time to cover all the basics. Attendance is capped – this workshop will run on a separate Zoom – unfortunately we are out of spaces for this workshop!

16 June (Wed, 10:00-13) Workshop. Jalal Al-Tamimi (University of Newcastle, UK): “Introduction to Random Forests.” Random Forests (RF) are increasingly used in the phonetics and linguistics literature as a predictive modelling approach due to their flexibility and overall performance. They can be used on multivariate data to identify strong vs weak predictors. We will start this workshop by (re-)introducing basics of predictive modelling and evaluating group separation using a logistic regression as a classification tool followed by Signal Detection Theory (d prime, sensitivity, specificity and Area Under the Curve). Once the basics are covered, we will introduce decision trees to understand how they work, before growing our first RF model, obtaining predictions, and variable importance scores, obtained via permutation tests. If time allows, we will look at how to fit an RF classification model following the philosophy of TidyModels. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to fit an RF on their own data. Attendance is capped – this workshop will run on a separate Zoom – unfortunately we are out of spaces for this workshop!