research

Hello and welcome. I’m an Associate Professor in the English Language at the Department of English at Aarhus University, Denmark. You can access my AU profile here. I currently coordinate the Centre of Voice Studies at Aarhus University. You can contact me at misa.hejna[at]cc.au.dk.

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My research interests lie in the areas of language variation and change, sociolinguistics, phonetics (and phonology), and interdisciplinarity. More specifically, I’m very much interested in

  • biological and social constraints on phonetic variation
  • phonatory phenomena (= voice things)
    • ageing
    • gender, sexuality & desire
    • hormonal effects (menstruation & menopause in particular)
    • personality traits
    • pre-aspiration is my life-long love
    • smoking & alcohol
    • typological phonetics and phonological contrasts
    • vocal attractiveness
    • and the larynx never ceases to amaze – I enjoy exploring it from various interdisciplinary angles
  • Welsh English

ORCID: 0000-0002-9328-2603

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