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Hello and welcome. I’m an Associate Professor in the English Language at the Department of English at Aarhus University, Denmark. 

My research interests lie primarily in the areas of language variation and change, and phonetics and phonology. I’m very much interested in

  • motivations behind sound change
  • constraints on sound change
  • teasing apart biological and social constraints on phonetic variation
  • laryngeal phenomena
  • Welsh English
  • language attitudes (more recently)

You can contact me at misa.hejna[at]

Sounds of Language and Speech is a research group based at Aarhus University, which I initiated in January 2017 and which I coordinate with Anna Jespersen. To find out more, visit our website, maintained by Anna Jespersen. You can get a sneak peek by reading a blog entry about the group.

I’m very grateful to all those who have led me as linguists, teachers, and friends. I am also grateful to all my respondents and other persons helping me with my fieldwork. I am no less thankful to all my students, who make this all so much more worthwhile.


“Oh, I had changed all right. Everybody changes. Change is ordained. Changes must come.” Saul Bellow, Henderson the Rain King.