a phonetician's website.

I'm a research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. There I'm basically working on the phonetics in a number of languages. For a quick overview on my current activities, please visit the sites at the MPI, e.g.  here.

What am I doing? What drives me?

In general ...

  • I'm deeply interested in voice, voice perception and voice production from an evolutionary, behavioral and cultural perspective
  • I'm deeply interested in the mechanisms of sound change and language change, involving acquisiton and
  • I enjoy doing phonetic field work in language documentation projects, especially with endangered languages
  • I'm eager to learn more about specific phonetic details in individual languages, such as
    • Ket (Yeniseic, Central Siberia)
    • Tsez, Bezhta, Hinuqh, Dargi, Lezgi, Chamalal, Avar (Nakh-Dagestanian, North-East Caucasus)
    • Gta', Bonda (Munda, India)
    • Hoocaak (Sioux, USA)
    • German (especially Thuringian-Saxonian varieties)
    • Kurmanji Kurdish (Iranian, Turkey/Armenia/Iraq/Azerbaidjan/Iran/...)

And then ...

  • there is others:  
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