The SLS group meets every second week in term for approximately an hour (or as long as it takes us to finish our discussions and polish off the cake). This semester our usual meeting place and time will be Fridays at 11:15 in room 1481-324.

Autumn 2018 schedule:

11th of September: Organisational meeting for the autumn semester! NB: we’ll be meeting at 14:15. Enticement in the form of cake provided by Míša (and Anna, optimistically, will bring fruit).

18th September: Talk by Stefano Coretta – “Vowel duration as a function of consonant gestural timing in Italian and Polish: Evidence from acoustic, ultrasound tongue imaging, and electroglottography” Abstract here. NB! The talk will start at 16:15.

  • Dinner: we’ll eat at Tapasushi (a tapas and sushi place at Klostertorvet) at 18pm. Let Míša know by the 13th if you want to join!

19th of September: Workshop – “Analysing curvelinear data: introduction to generalised additive modelling”. Stefano Coretta, University of Manchester.

  • Times: 10:00-11:30, 12:30-15:00
  • Place: 1481, room 324
  • Blurb“Analysing curvelinear data: introduction to generalised additive modelling”. The workshop will introduce generalised additive modelling, a set of statistical techniques for modelling non-linear effects, which are very common in the phonetic sciences. After introducing the theory behind these techniques, we will dive into the practical aspects of how to construct generalised additive models (GAMs) that can inform us about the multi-faceted reality of speech. Each theoretical concept will be reinforced during hands on sessions where you will play with data and code. The workshop will close with a clinic session where you can optionally bring your data to be modelled with GAMs.” The materials we will be using and directions on things to be done before the workshop (software pre-requisites) are available here:

21 September: Talk by Pavel Šturm “Assimilation of voicing in second language acquisition”. NB! The time for this will be 11:15-12. Abstract hereCake will be brought by Anna.

28 September: Workshop by Míša – “A very gentle intro to graphing in R”. NB! This will be a 90 minute meeting – the time will be 10:30-12Yonatan brings cake. 

5 October: Talk by Fabio Trecca moved to 2nd of November. Jonas, no need to bring cake. 

8 October: Talk by Deepthi Gopal – “What should similarity mean to phonology?” NB! This talk will not be at our normal time and place. We will meet at 10:00 in 1481-424. Sidsel is the cake-bringer.

2 November: Talk by Fabio Trecca from the Puzzle of Danish – he’ll be presenting the project, as well as some of his preliminary results. Byunggon will bring cake.

9 November: Talk by Byunggon – “Measuring vowels acoustically”. Abstract plus code hereOcke brings cake.

16 November: NO MEETING!

23 November: Talk by Christina Rejkjær Dideriksen from the Puzzle of Danish. Christina will be presenting some phon phunny aspects of her part of the project – pitch and vowels! Cake bringer: Jonas.

30 November: Talk by Byurakn Ishkhanyan from the Puzzle of Danish – “What do Danes hear? A categorical perception experiment”. Cake bringer: Sidsel.

7 December: ICPhS session – Anna and Ocke will present their ICPhS papers. Maybe others will join them..? Anna will bring the cake.

19 December: Reading group meeting! The text will be announced in an email, Míša will bring the cake.


In the Spring semester of 2019 we’ve got a few exciting events lined up already:

  • Anne Fabricius (RUC) will be coming to Aarhus to give a talk and a workshop, probably related to the topic of vowels and vowel normalisation.
  • Mirjam Schmaltz (UZH) will be giving a talk (or talks) and a workshop on language attitudes.

(Previous meetings:)

Spring semester 2018:

9th January: a draft version of Anna‘s LPP talk: “Language and Politics in Northern Ireland”. Cake provided by Krestina (who has her birthday the day before).

23rd January: Ditte shows us data from her current research project, “Sounds in Aarhus Vest”. AND: Reading group “Substance free phonology”, Reiss (2016). [cake volunteer tba]. Access the article at:

6th February: Organisational meeting for the spring term!  Enticement provided by Anna (cake) and Míša (chocolate).

20th February: Míša: “Hormonal effects on language and speech”. Cake provided by Catharine.

6th March: Maria Grifoll Nogués​, Miriam Espinoza, Melita Smolko, ​and Wenyu Guo: “Pre-aspiration in American English?”. Also: Reading group – “Second Dialect Acquisition: a Sociophonetic Perspective” by Nysz. Cake provided by Lorna.

20th March: Mette: “Challenges in forensic phonetic casework”. Cake provided by Ditte.

3rd of April: Conference pre-talk: Ocke: “L2 speech learning: do cross-language phonetic relationships provide a full account?”. Cake provided by Míša.

17th April: Rasmus: “Plosives in dialect of Danish”. Cake provided by Jonas & Yonatan.

24th April: Reading group: Bybee (2006): “From Usage to Grammar: The Mind’s Response to Repetition” (available online at​. Cake provided by Rasmus.

8th May: Reading group: Fulk (2001): “Conditions for the voicing of Old English fricatives I: phonology”. IJGLSA 6, 1: 55-77 (the file will be circulated before the meeting). Cake provided by Míša & Anna (it’s Anna’s birthday, and Míša’s is the next day).

Additional reading for the curious: Scobbie (2006): “Quasi-phonemic contrast and the fuzzy inventory: examples from Scottish English” (available online at 

22nd May: Conference skills session: we’ll discuss best practices in constructing and delivering oral and poster presentations at conferences (especially useful for those attending the PPDK meeting, which takes place in August). Cake provided by Ocke.

12 June: Linda Polka: Infant talkers and infant listeners. Abstract here. (Cake bringer: Ocke). NB! This talk will be at 15:15 pm in room 324 (1481) – NB changed on 8 June!

19th June: Mads: “An investigation of spectral vowel hyperarticulation in L1 and L2 Clear Speech production​”; and Sandra: “The effects of input quality on the mastery of the English /s/-/z/ contrast by Danish L2-speakers of English”. Cake provided by Søren. NB! This talk will be at 14:00 in our usual room (324).

7th and 13th of August: Mock talks for PPDK (see Previous events)

20th of August at 1:15 pm: Sidsel will have her PhD “temadag”. NB: the location will be 1481, room 366.

21st of August, 2:15 pm: a guest lecture by Puisan Wong (see ad here: Talk Puisan Wong). NB: the lecture will also be taking place in 1481, room 366.

Autumn semester 2017:

26th September: Anna: “Intonational categoricity and gradience”. Cake provided by Andrea.

10th October:  Reading group – “Voice Onset Time (VOT) at 50: Theoretical and practical issues in measuring voicing distinctions.” Cake provided by Mads A. To access the article, go to:

24th October: Simon: “‘…strike at the root of evil’ – The teaching of Pronunciation in the Danish High School System”. Cake provided by Anna.

7th November Jakob & Søren: “The phonetics and prosody of Danish ‘okay’”. Cake provided by Catharine.

21st November: No meeting due to a clash with the language, linguistics & cognition PhD seminars.

28th November: Anne: “Perception of English initial consonants by ‘experienced’ and ‘unexperienced’ native Danish speakers”. Cake provided by Sidsel.

5th December: Lisa Tulaja from the University of Kiel is giving a guest talk: “Teaching Danish pronunciation in school contexts”. Cake provided by Míša.

12th December: Jonas: “SLA and the production-perception link: evidence from training studies”. Cake provided by Míša.