Humanities Lab

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


I am currently doing research in the following projects:
* Melody in human–cat communication (Meowsic) (MAW)
* Estlandssvenskans språkstruktur (ESST) (Estonan Swedish Language Structure) (VR)

I am also in charge of the articulographs (AG500 and AG501) in the Humanities Lab

I teach the following courses:
* Phonetics (Speech Therapy Program)
* Phonetics (Audiology Program)


About the research

Research interests:

Phonetic variation of various kinds, including (1) dialectal variation in Swedish and other languages, (2) paralinguistic variation like age, emotion, attitude and health condition, and (3) phonetic variation in human-animal communication. Specifically, I take interest in the following areas:

• Dialectal variation. In the projects SweDia 2000 and SIMULEKT, I have been given excellent opportunities to study Swedish dialectal variation.

• Speaker age: a paralinguistic and speaker-specific quality which is always present in speech. I am interested in human perception, acoustic analysis, machine recognition and simulation (synthesis) of speaker age.

• Estonian Swedish is still spoken by a handful of speakers in Estonia and Sweden. I am currently helping with the documentation and analysis of these nearly extinct Swedish dialects.

• Swedish long vowels and how they are articulated in different Swedish dialects. In the project Exotic Vowels in Swedish - an articulographic study of palatal vowels [VOKART] I am currently studying regional variability in Swedish vowel articulation using the in articulograph AG500 in the Humanities Lab.

Cat–cat and cat–human communication. I am interested in the sounds cats use in their vocal communication with cats and humans, and how these sounds are combined and varied (and how humans perceive them).


Books (4)
Editorships (2)
Articles (4)
Book chapters (6)
Conference contributions (65)
Working papers (2)

Research portal (Lund University)

Other tasks and qualifications

• Board member of Lyssnande Lund – Ljudmiljöcentrum vid Lunds universitet (Listening Lund – Center for Sound Environment at Lund University)

Susanne Schötz

Centre for Languages and Literature

Humanities Lab

Contact information

E-mail susanne.schotzmed.luse

Room SOL:L407a

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

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