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 Sim Hong (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) gives a progress talk (topic probably within the realms of CA, prosody and gesture; title tba).

5 May (Wed, 1:15-2pm) Guest talk. Robert Lennon (University of Lancaster, UK). Topic: the weakening of rhoticity over time in Glasgow and Lancashire (precise topic and title tba).

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, 9:15-12pm): Workshop. Adrian Leemann (University of Bern, CH) gives a workshop on new methods for phonetic data collection.

20 May (Thur) 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. 

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.