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 the autumn of 2021, we will be hosting our phon group in the hybrid format. We meet on Thursdays at 10:15 CEST. Aarhus-based phonners can show up in building 1481, room 324. All others can use the link to our permanent Zoom meeting, which is here:

2 September: Organisation meeting. We’re testing the hybrid format, so Aarhus people will be meeting in building 1481, room 324. All others can join us online through the usual Zoom link (see above). Bring all your good ideas!

9 September: Research chat / networking meeting – bring (and share) your own cake. NB. The organisers will not be present, so this is in-person only.

16 September (NB – this meeting is 10 sharp, not 10:15!): Talk – Line & Makaila present their coursework on Uptalk. Anna brings cake.

22 September (NB! A Wednesday, AND at 13:15-14, AND online only!) Talk – Rasmus, “”Holistic analysis of Danish stop releases: *slaps roof of functional regression model* this bad boy can fit so many dimensions in it” (yes, that is his phabulous title :D).

30 September: Talk – Zac, “Why do it if it signals nothing?: ‘Indexical transfer’, masculinity, and gay identity in cross-linguistic /s/”. Míša brings cake.

(5 October – voice talk! Our sister group, the interdisciplinary Voice Project, has an online talk by Dacher Keltner at 19:00 CEST. More detail, including Zoom link, here).

7 October: Talk: Birgitte, “The Danish issue with English v and w”. Ocke brings cake.

14 October: Online talk – Philip Harrison, “Can humans detect spoofed speech in degraded conditions?”. NB – online only.

In this talk the results of a study will be presented that investigated the performance of human listeners at determining whether speech samples were genuine or synthesised when they were heard in degraded conditions including via a Zoom call and with background noise.

(27 October – voice talk! Our very own Zac gives an online talk with our sister group, the interdisciplinary Voice Project, at 13:15 CEST. More detail, including Zoom link, here).

28 October (NB – the physical part of this meeting will take place in 1481, room 526): Two talks: Aida Majidivash Ørskov presents her coursework entitled “Ethnicity and Multicultural London English”, and Malene Brix Ley presents “Arctic Monkeys, glottalisation, and TH-fronting”. Søren brings cake.

4 November (NB – 10:15-12): Talk – Yuni Kim “Phonological considerations for the practical orthographies of Huave and Amuzgo”. Míša and Sebastian bring cake. Abstract below.

In this talk I will discuss some dilemmas in the orthographies of two Indigenous languages from southern Mexico, Huave (isolate) and Amuzgo (Oto-Manguean), and ways in which phonological research can inform choices. These range from the 8 contrastive tones of Amuzgo to detailed phonetics-phonology interface research on Huave vowel-consonant coarticulation, and are constantly influenced by psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic considerations, for example the fact that the Huave variety in question will mainly be read and written by L2 learners, whereas Amuzgo is generally read and written by native speakers. The issues will be discussed in the context of two ongoing projects: the development of pedagogical materials and an online documentary archive for San Francisco del Mar Huave, and the joint linguistic and biological documentation of ethnobotany in the community of San Pedro Amuzgos.

11 November: Talk – Jon Morris, “Fundamental Frequency Range in the bilingual repertoire of traditional and new Welsh speakers”. Camilla brings cake. Abstract below:

Recent work on fundamental frequency range (FFR) in Welsh-English bilingual speech in north west Wales has reported consistent cross-linguistic differences between the two languages for female speakers but not for male speakers (Ordin & Mennen 2017). This complements the results of work on segmental variation in north Wales which also found that women were more likely to differentiate between realisations of /l/ in Welsh and English (Morris 2017). It is not known, however, the extent to which FFR varies both within and between the two languages in different areas of north Wales and in the speech of those who have acquired Welsh through immersion education rather than via parental transmission. The current study therefore aims to examine both areal variation and the influence of other social factors on FFR in two areas of north Wales. Specifically, I address the following research questions:

– To what extent do Welsh-English bilinguals from north Wales have distinct FFR in their two languages?

– Do social factors influence FFR both within and between Welsh and English? Particularly, do speaker sex and home language influence variation?

– Are there areal differences in the patterns of variation?

I will discuss these results in the context of differing peer-group dynamics in the areas included in the study and focus particularly on the extent to which language is a marker of peer-group identity in North West Wales. 

18 November: Byurakn Ishkhanyan, “Drift diffusion models”. Cake bringer tba.

(24 November – voice talk! Marina Cantarutti gives an online talk with our sister group, the interdisciplinary Voice Project, at 13:15 CEST. More detail, including Zoom link, here).

25 November: Talk – Gerry Kwek, “Cross-generational /r/-variation in Singapore English”. Birgitte brings cake.

2 December: Two talks: Sebastian, Kamil Kaźmierski and Míša: “The fax-fucks merger in Aberystwyth English”, and Signe and Míša, “Vocal variation in Beyoncé’s Run the World (Girls)“. Jonas brings cake.

9 December: Talk – Krestina and Oliver Niebuhr, “A communicative look at codec transmitted speech: an acoustic study of /s/ and /ʃ/”. Zac brings cake.