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Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299

Sven Grawunder

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Primatology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig,

phone: +49 341 3550 326
e-mail: grawunder@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

I am a speech scientist, phonetician and linguist. Currently I am working as a guest researcher at the primatology department. Before 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)]