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, sociolinguistics, phonetics and phonology, and interdisciplinarity. I’m very much interested in

  • biological and social constraints on phonetic variation
  • phonatory phenomena
    • from any angle
    • ageing studies
    • vocal attractiveness
    • effects of smoking and alcohol
    • hormonal effects (menstruation & menopause in particular)
    • phonation & personality traits
    • typological phonetics & phonological contrasts
    • pre-aspiration is my life-long love
    • and the larynx never ceases to amaze!
  • sound change
  • Welsh English
  • language attitudes and linguistic discrimination

You can contact me at misa.hejna[at]

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