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Sven Grawunder

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig,
Germany

phone: +49 341 3550 342
e-mail: grawunder@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

General Research Interest
Current Projects
Curriculum Vitae
Publications
Presentations

I am a speech scientist, phonetician and linguist. Currently I am working as a guest researcher collaborating with colleagues at the department of human behavior, ecology and culture and the primatology department. Before that I worked as post-doc research fellow at the linguistic department of the MPI EVA (2005 –2015).

General Research Interest

  • comparative phonetics and vocal physiology of human primates
  • linguistic voice quality/ phonation types and non-linguistic throat singing, throat games, overtone singing (http://www.sciencemag.org/content/338/6114/1517.2.full)
  • modeling language change, especially sound change
  • human linguistic & paralinguistic vocal behavior and social hierarchies

Current Projects

  • phonetics of vocalizations in field data of wild chimpanzees in the Taï forests [joint work with Cathy Crockford (MPI EVA) and Natalie Uomini (MPI SSH, Jena)]
  • comparative laryngeal anatomy of great apes [joint work with Gottfried Hohmann (MPI EVA),  Alexander Stoessel (MPI EVA, Uni Jena) and Cathy Crockford (MPI EVA)]

    Curriculum Vitae

    since 1/2018guest researcher at the department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
    6/2015-12/2017guest researcher at the primatology department of MPI EVA
    08/2009research fellow (scientist) at the linguistics department of MPI EVA Leipzig
    2010guest at Research training group GRK DFG 1624/1 "Frequency effects in language"
    2008-2009guest researcher at the linguistics department of MPI EVA Leipzig
    2005-2008postdoctoral researcher at the linguistics department of MPI EVA Leipzig
    2005PhD in Speech Science at Halle University
    2000-2004team member of the ALTAI-SAYAN-LANGUAGE-and-ETHNOGRAPHY-PROJECT[ASLEP (TOFA)]
    a DOBES Project funded by Volkswagen-Stiftung and hosted at MPI EVAN Leipzig
    2000-2004research associate at Institute for Speech Science and Phonetics, Halle University
    1999-2000study of Medical Physics at Halle University
    1999diploma in speech science at Halle University
    1998-1999therapist work as speech pathologist/therapist
    1992-1993civilian service at the clinics for Otorhinolaryngology, Halle University
    1990-1999study of Speech Science, Phonetics, German Linguistics, Japanology at Halle University and Netherlands Studies and Central Asian Studies at Leipzig University

    Memberships

    • GAL e.V. (German assoc. of applied linguistics)
      Currently Cordula Schwarze and I chair the division "Phonetics and Speech Science"
    • IPA International Phonetic Association
    • ISCA International Speech Communication Association
    • LSA Linguistic Society of America
    • ASA Acoustic Society of America
    • gbs Gesellschaft für bedrohte Sprachen e.V.
    • ALT Association for Linguistic Typology
    • mdvs mitteldt. verband für sprechwissenschaft e.V.

    Fieldwork

    • Tuva 1998, 2000, 2001 (Tyvan)
    • Khakassia 1998, 2000 (Khakas)
    • Tofalaria 2001, 2002 (Tofa)
    • Mongolia 2002 (varieties of Tyvan in Mongolia)
    • Germany 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010 (Saxonian and Thuringian varieties of German)
    • India 2006 (Santali, Gata', Bangla)
    • Namibia 2006 (West !Xóon)
    • Egypt 2007 (Ghulfan, a language from Sudan)
    • Daghestan 2009 (Tsez, Hinuqh, Lezgi, Kumyk)
    • Argentina 2012 (Vilela)

    Teaching

    Courses
    • phonetic segmental transcription (undergraduate level, WS 2001/2; SS200)
    • phonetic suprasegmental transcription (undergraduate & graduate level)
    • introduction to acouctic phonetics (undergraduate level, SS2003)
    • paralinguistic analysis (graduate level, WS2003/4, WS2005/6)
    • phonetic analysis (graduate level, WS2002/3, SS2005)
    • experimental phonetics (graduate level, WS2004/5)
    • pathophonetic analysis [clinical phonetics] (graduate level, WS2001/2; SS2005, WS 2006/7)
    Lectures/ Lecture Series
    • introductory statistics for speech scientists (lecture series, undergraduate level, winter 2014/15, summer 2015, summer 2016, U Halle)
    • phonetic analysis "Phonetikanalysen (lecture series, undergraduate level, summer 2014, U Leipzig)
    • "Phonetics vs. Phonology" (introductory lecture at IMPRS graduate school MPI EVA Leipzig, 05/2013)
    • phonetic analysis "Phonetikanalysen" (lecture series, undergraduate level, summer 2011, U Leipzig)
    • phonetic field methods (3 sessions as part of B. Bickel's field-methods seminar, SS2007, U Leipzig)
    • Vom Atem über's Ohr zum Laut - Die Arbeitsgebiete der Phonetik
      [From breath via ear to speech sound - the working fields of phonetics](lecture as part of E. Burr's introductory course in Roman studies, SS2008, U Leipzig)
    • Grundelemente der Phonetik und Phonologie [Basic elements of phonetics and phonology](lecture as part of the introductory course to Romance studies with Prof. E. Burr, WS2008/09, U Leipzig)
    Seminars/ Workshops
    • Working effectively with annotations - An introduction into the Praat scripting language (invited course MDVS and Halle University, 04-05/12/2015)
    • Acoustic and prosodic analysis - Using Praat as a universal tool (invited course Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10-13/04/2012)
    • Acoustic and prosodic analysis - Using Praat as a universal tool (invited course Universidad de San Juan, Argentina, 30/03-04/04/2012)
    • Acoustic and prosodic analysis - Using Praat as a universal tool (invited course at University of Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico, 8-12/1/2007)
    • Praat as tool for phonetic analysis (invited course at Seminar for Speech Science and Phonetics, Halle University,11-12/7/2008)

    Co-supervised Thesis

    PhD
    2015Natalia Aralova
    "Vowel harmony in two Even dialects - Production and perception",
    U Amsterdam
    Diploma
    2014Sebastian Enkelmann
    "Individuelle Sprechpausendauerprofile und deren Veränderung bei zunehmender Wiederholung von reproduzierten identischen deutschen Sachtexten",
    U Halle, Sprechwissenschaft.
    2012Christoph Walter 
    "Phonetische Beschreibung der Umgangssprache in Blochwitz (Sachsen)",
    U Halle, Sprechwissenschaft.
    2011Caroline Schniggenfitig 
    "Untersuchung zur Validität und Stabilität von ausgewählten akustischen Parametern innerhalb größerer Korpora am Beispiel der Nachrichtenarche",
    U Halle, Sprechwissenschaft.
    2005Birgit Hertha
    "Auditive und akustische Untersuchungen zur den mittleren Sprechstimmlagen von Nachrichtensprechern im öffentlich-rechtlichen und privaten Rundfunk",
    U Halle, Sprechwissenschaft.
    2003Franziska Blumtritt
    "Verschiedene Gesichtspunkte zum Problem 'Stimme bei Mann-zu-Frau-Transsexuellen",
    U Halle, Sprechwissenschaft.
    MA
    2016Tiedke, Dorothea
    "Stimmhöhenvarianz von Moderatoren in Morningshows",
    U Halle, Sprechwissenschaft.
    2014Charlotte Rauch
    "Form-Funktions-Beziehungen von Begründungen in kindlicher Spielkommunikation",
    U Halle, Sprechwissenschaft.
    2012-15Nastasia Herold
    "Atikamekw und Französisch - Bilingualismus in dem quebecischen IndianerInnenreservat Manawan",
    U Leipzig, Romanistik.
    2013Jonnia Torres
    "An Acoustic Analysis of Mandan Voiceless Stops",
    Northeastern Illinois U, Linguistics.
    2012Marianne Oertel
    "Stimmlicher Ausdruck von Höflichkeit bei deutschsprachigen Muttersprachlern in Deutschland",
    U Halle, Sprechwissenschaft.
    BA
    2013Katharina Kluge
    "Gesangstechniken im Heavy Metal - eine qualitative Analyse von YouTube-Tutorials",
    U Halle, Sprechwissenschaft.
    2011Sophie Sumburane
    "Lauterwerb zwischen Standard und Variation: Eine Fallstudie zur kindlichen Variation zwischen Standard und Dialekt im obersächsischen Sprachraum",
    U Leipzig, Germanistik.

    Publications

    This publication list is currently beeing updated. The process will be finished in a few minutes.

    In preparation

    Grawunder: KL/*TL and KN/*TN-Cluster realization in an areal perspective
    Grawunder, Alieva, Khalilov: Weak and strong fricatives in Chamalal.
    Grawunder, Abdulaev: Pharyngealization and pharyngeals in Tsez.
    Grawunder, Mutalov: Pharyngealization and pharyngeals in Itsari Dargi
    Grawunder, Abdulaev, Müller: Illustration of the IPA - Tsez.
    Grawunder, Forker, Abdulaev, Khalilova, Khalilov: Gemination in Tsezic languages - phonetic analysis of samples from Bezhta, Hinukh and Tsez.
    Grawunder, Winter, Lancia, Voigt: Labio-velar stops in Yoruba - acoustic, electroglottographic, aerodynamic and articulatory evidence.
    Grawunder, Naumann: Clicks with noisy accompaniment in West !Xoon (Taa).
    Grawunder, Ghosh: Phonetic Structures of Gta' (Munda).
    Grawunder: Acoustic characteristics of Ket prosodemes.
    Atoyebi, Grawunder: Illustration of the IPA - Òko.
    Grawunder: Pharyngealization and uvularization in some East-German dialects.

    Presentations

    05/2016 Melodies beyond fundamental frequency and formants beyond vowels. Towards the typology of throat-singing. Kolloquium zu Ehren Prof. Manfred Krifkas, ZAS, Berlin.
    05/2016 Häufigkeit und Ausprägung des *KL > TL Wechsels im ostmitteldeutschen Sprachraum. Sprach-wissenschaftliche Vorträge am Institut für Germanistik in Leipzig (SPIGL), Universität Leipzig.
    12/2015 Wieviel Kontrast ist nötig? –  Zur gezielten Analyse subphonematischer Variation bei der Beschreibung arealer und soziolinguistischer Varietäten. Linguistisches Kolloquium, Institut für Skandinavistik, Frisistik und Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.
    08/2015On the correlation of acoustic vowel and coda duration in Modern Welsh C(C)VC monosyllables. together with Asmus, S., C. Anderson. XVIIIth International Congress of Phonetic Science (ICPhS), Glasgow.
    03/2015Tonsprachen. invited talk. ESSV, KU Eichstätt
    06/2014

    Von „singenden Neandertalern“ und „redenden Affen“. Zur Evolution von Singen und Sprechen. invited talk at 12. Leipziger Symposium for Kinder und Jugendstimme, Universität Leipzig

    12/2013Grawunder, S. Intensity slopes as robust measure for distinguishing glottalic vs pulmonic stop initiation. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 134(5):4069–4069. ASA Meeting, San Francisco
    DOI
    12/2013with Winter, Bodo, Brown, Lucian, Idemaru, Kaori. Perceiving politeness from speech acoustics alone: A cross-linguistic study on Korean and English. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 134(5):4072–4072. ASA Meeting San Francisco
    DOI
    10/2013New methods to explore the complexity of the behavior of the larynx and its interaction with breathing factors and configuration of the tongue. together with L. Lancia. talk at 4th summer school on "Speech Production and Perception: Speaker-Specific Behavior”, Aix-en-Provence
    4th SPP summer school
    10/2013 Speaker and areal specific paths of acquiring neutralization of final stops in German. talk at 4th summer school on "Speech Production and Perception: Speaker-Specific Behavior”, 4th SPP summer school, Aix-en-Provence
    10/2013Language or Speaker? – Investigating coronal-velar alternations in Vilela
    together with Lucía Golluscio. poster presentation at 4th summer school on "Speech Production and Perception: Speaker-Specific Behavior”, 4th SPP summer school, Aix-en-Provence
    09/2013‚Community-basierte’ Ansätze zur Standardisierung von Dialekten und Minderheitenvarietäten. talk at 2. Sektionentagung der Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik e.V. 19.-20. September, RWTH Aachen
    08/2013Stop contrasts in Kurmanji Kurdish. Testing the ejective hypothesis.together with A. Geumann, C. Celebi, D. Stilo and G. Haig. talk at International conference of Iranian Languages, ICIL5, Bamberg
    06/2013 Ejektive in den Sprachen des Kaukasus. invited talk at Institut für Empirische Sprachwissenschaft, Goethe University, Frankfurt (Main)
    11/2012Kehlgesang in Südsibirien. Analysen zur Ethnographie eines Stimmgebrauchs. invited talk at Germanistisches Institut, Universität Innsbruck
    10/2012What does a Frad look like? - Targeting the effect of incomplete neutralization. together with L.Lancia. talk at Phonetik & Phonologie (P&P8), Jena University
    03/2012Coronal-velar stop alternation in Vilela (Alternancia de oclusivas coronal-velar en vilela). together with L. Golluscio. talk at annual meeting of the Argentinian linguistic society, San Luis, Argentina
    08/2011The Robustness of Incomplete Neutralization in German. together with T. Röttgen, B. Winter. talk at ICPhS XVII (17-21 August 2011), Hong Kong
    08/2011Voicing of Labiovelar stops in Yoruba. together with B. Winter, J. Atoyebi. talk at ICPhS XVII (17-21 August 2011), Hong Kong
    08/2011The Acoustic Correlates of Tongue Root Vowel Harmony in Even (Tungusic). together with N. Aralova, B. Winter. talk at ICPhS XVII (17-21 August 2011), Hong Kong
    06/2011 Vertical larynx position in cineradiographic data –Correlating laryngeal height, glottal closure and vowel height. together with L. Lancia Assessing. Poster presentation at the 9th ISSP (June 20-23 2011), Montreal, Canada
    06/2011 Phonetische Forschung an gesprochenen Nachrichten. invited talk at Linguistisches Kolloquium, Jena University
    05/2011 The frequency distribution of selected phonological features in the Caucasus area. talk at Conference on Caucasian languages (May 13 -15, 2011), Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
    10/2010The Frequency Code Revisited: Are the Universalist Claims Substantiated? together with B. Winter. talk at "Phonetics Universals" conference, MPI EVA Leipzig
    10/2010Final Lengthening and Hesitation Signals in Korean Politeness Registers. together with B. Winter. poster presentation at P&P conference (15/16 Oct 2010), Frankfurt/Main
    10/2010Akustische Korrelate von Prosodie und Stimmqualität in höflichen vs. informellen Äußerungen bei Koreanern. together with B. Winter. talk at DGSS-Jahrestagung 2010 "Interpersonelle Kommunikation: Analyse und Optimierung" (09.10.2010),
    Uni Halle
    10/2010Phonetische Untersuchungen in Nachrichtenkorpora am Beispiel der „NArche“. together with I. Bose. talk at DGSS-Jahrestagung 2010 "Interpersonelle Kommunikation: Analyse und Optimierung" (10.10.2010), Uni Halle
    08/2009 "The phonetic structure of lexical and grammatical Tones in Ghulfan (Kordofan-Nubian)." together with Williams, R., Jakobi, A., Comfort, J. Invited talk for NEW APPROACHES TO NUBIAN LANGUAGES AND HISTORY at WOCAL 6.
    08/2009

    "On the distribution of glottalization in the languages of the Caucasus – typological and phonostatistical arguments." together with M. Cysouw. Talk accepted for ALT8, Berkeley

    06/2009The Physics of Politeness: Approaching Politeness from a Phonetic Perspective. together with B. Winter. Talk at the 24th Conference of the AKSE.
    05/2009"The role of frequency as trigger in contact induced language change". Talk at the International Conference "Teoretičeskie i metodičekie problemy nacional'no-russkogo dvuyazyčia"(27-29 May) DGU and RAN, Makhachkala
    03/2009

    Pharyngealization and Pharyngeals in Tsez.together with A. Müller, A. Abdulaev
    Poster at the International Workshop on Pharyngeals & Pharyngealisation, Newcastle University

    03/2009The Physics of Politeness: Approaching Korean Politeness from a Phonetic Perspective.together with B. Winter. 31st DGfS, Osnabrück
    12/2008Intraoral pressure variation in nasal-plosive and plosive-plosive sequences in German. together with A. Simpson. Poster at the 8th ISSP, Strasbourg
    08/2008 "Evaluation of subjective measures in speech education/training and diagnostics – the perception of average speaking pitch". at AILA'08, Essen
    07/2008"Voice production modes and vocal tract shape in South-Siberian throat-singing". invited talk at Acoustics'08, Paris
    06/2008"Clicks with noisy accompaniment in West !Xoon". together with C. Naumann. poster presentation at Acoustics'08, Paris
    06/2008Tomsk: Phonetic (re-)analysis of prosodeme qualities in Ket (Yeniseic). talk at XXV DULZON Readings conference, Tomsk
    03/2008"Pitch, speech rate and rhythm as speaking style characterizing parameters in German news presentation". together with H. Engert, H.Kaiser., S. Unger and Ines Bose. poster presentation
    09/2007„Subjektive und semiobjektive Messmethoden in der Sprechwissenschaft“. Abstract. annual meeting of GAL, Hildesheim, Germany
    09/2007"Towards the prosodic structure of words in Gta' (Munda)". Workshop "Phonological Words in South Asia and Southeast Asia". Leipzig University,
    Leipzig
    06/2007"A typology of throat singing". invited Institute-seminar talk at MPI EVAN, Leipzig
    06/2007„Die Phonetik des Kehlgesangs. “invited talk at U Trier
    01/2007 "Pharyngealized Prosodeme Quality in Ket (Yeniseic)." Poster presentation at the LSA meeting,in Anaheim, CA.
    12/2006 "Phonation Types - conceptional thoughts about a typologically oriented data base of linguistic voice quality." Work-in-progress talk at Linguistics Department MPI EVAN, Leipzig
    10/2006"Gta' phonetics and phonology". joined talk with Arun Gosh. Work-in-progress talk at Linguistics Department MPI EVAN, Leipzig
    09/2006„"Ethnografie von Paralinguistika bei Sprach- und Dialektobsoleszenz". Jahrestagung der GAL 2006, Münster, Germany
    06/2006Charakterisierung des R-Lauts im Nordostthüringischen - ein Werkstattbericht.19. Sprechwissenschaftliche Fachtagung, 100 Jahre Fachgeschichte an der Universität Halle „
    01/2006 "How to make good audio recordings in the field?". workshop at LSA meeting, in Albuquerque
    5/12/2005Zur Physiologie der Stimmproduktion im südsibirischen Kehlgesang“. dissertation defense presentation
    06/2004 „Dialektskizze der nordostthüringischen Mundart von Höhnstedt. Handout
    im Saalkreis“ Seminar Dialektgeographie des Deutschen, Germanistik,
    Uni-Halle
    08/2003"A comparison of voice production types of 'western' overtone singing and South Siberian throat singing". 15th ICPhS, Barcelona
    05/2003 "Tofa - Documenation of an endangered language in Siberia". Linguistisches Kolloquium at Halle University
    11/2002 "Throat-singing in South Siberia". invited talk, overtone singing festival at Haus der Kulturen, Berlin
    06/2002"Phonetic Features and Typology of South Siberian and Mongolian Throat Singing". invited talk at Linguistics Dep. of Ulan-Baator University
    11/2001Zur Ethnographie der paralinguistischen Eigenschaften des Sprechens. invited talk at Ehrenkolloquium in the honour of Prof. Eva Maria Krech