research

Lipno 2015Hello and welcome. I’ve been working as an Assistant Professor in the English Language (language variation and change) at the Department of English at Aarhus University, Denmark, since January 2017. You can contact me at misprdlina[at]gmail[dot].com OR misa.hejna[at]cc.au.dk.

My research interests lie primarily in the areas of phonetics, phonology, and language variation and change. I am very much interested in motivations behind sound change, phonetic precursors of the sound patterns of languages, and mechanical biases behind such sound patterns.

Here are some of the projects I have been working on for a while as well as those I am now starting to develop.

Pre-aspiration

  1. How widespread is it and why?
  2. How is it constrained by language-internal factors and why?
  3. Where does it come from?
  4. What is the relationship between pre-aspiration and other laryngeal phenomena?

Glottal squeaks

  1. What are they?
  2. Why are they?

LVC and ageing 

  1. How does biological ageing affect the production of phenomena whose articulation relies primarily on the larynx?
  2. How do we tease apart biological ageing, chronological ageing, and social ageing?

[The pilot study for this project has been developed very slowly; data collection will hopefully happen later this year.]

LVC and smoking

  1. We know smoking affects voice quality, but can it affect subsegmental and segmental phenomena whose articulation relies primarily on the larynx?
  2. If so, to what extent?
  3. (And what about alcohol consumption?)

[The pilot study for this project is now being planned.]

LVC and hormones

  1. Do hormonal changes across the different phases of the menstrual cycle affect not only our voice quality, but also our production of subsegmental and segmental phenomena whose articulation relies primarily on the larynx?
  2. How does prenatal testosterone exposure affect the sound patterns of languages?

[Some results already obtained, other results currently being obtained.]

Global and non-global/local laryngeal phenomena

  1. What is the relationship between voice quality and the production of subsegmental and segmental aspects of languages whose articulation relies primarily on the larynx?

[I have been collecting data for this, but as yet no results are available.]

 

(Other/further/similar) topics I am interested in:

  1. allophony
  2. fortis-lenis contrast
  3. dissimilation
  4. laryngeal phenomena and sex, gender, sexuality, seductiveness, and attraction

 

I am 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. I thank you all and wish you well.

A frequently asked question: is it Míša or Michaela [ˈmɪxaˌɛla]? You can use both, but the latter is very formal and nobody calls me that :o)