Post-doc fellow at Aarhus University (Denmark)
My research focuses on three areas: biased speech perception, phonological acquisition, and Chinese linguistics. The languages I currently investigate are mainly French, German and Chinese languages, but I investigate other languages as well (like Dutch, Japanese). I collaborate on a long term basis with Prof. Liang Jie (Tongji University), Prof. Jeroen van de Weijer (Shanghai International Studies University), and Dr. Chun Zhang (Aarhus University).
In this project I investigate the perception of linguistically trained subject of individual speech sounds. Do they perceive sounds same or different from untrained subjects? The language under investigation is French.
Post-doc project, funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research "Mobilex Mobility Grant", co-financed by the EU Program "Marie-Curie" under FP7.
Danish accented Chinese
Together with Chun Zhang (Aarhus University) and Lei Wang (Tongji University, Shanghai) I investigate the phonetics and phonology of Chinese as a second language of Danish learners. We investigate production and perception of the sound system and tones by Danish learners and the perception of Danish accented Chinese by others.
Frequency effects and grammar
My PhD focused on the interaction between frequency effects and phonological grammar. For my PhD, I investigated variation and change in German, Indonesian, and Japanese. This work is continued, now concentrated on language acquisition in different languages (with Jeroen van de Weijer). In search for the optimal representation of the relation between the lexicon and the grammar, I work within the generative framework of phonology as well as usage-based phonology.
My earlier research was mainly concentrated on different aspects of Dutch and German: (Loanword) phonology, phonological microvariation and sociolinguistics. I investigated umlaut in Dutch dialects, the pronunciation of the BÄREN vowel in Standard German, reduction in Dutch, loanwords in Dutch and Dutch loanwords in Indonesian. More publications about these topics are under way.
Post-doc fellow in Linguistics
Latest Talk: 7 February, UtrechtTalk "What can adult speech tell us about child language acquisition?" with Jeroen van de Weijer
Accepted for publication
Sloos, Marjoleine & Jeroen van de Weijer. What can adult speech tell us about child language acquisition? Canadian Journal of Linguistics.
"Chinese and Germanic Languages: Second Language Acquisition and Perception”
Workshop 18-19 October 2014, Nordic Centre, Fudan University
(Financed through seed funding by the International Centre, Aarhus University)
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To study birds, you don't need to fly.
To be an astronomer, you don't need to live on the stars.
To study the nutritional value of food, you don't need to be a good cook.
So why do you expect a linguist to speak all the languages he investigates?
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