Phon&Phon is a series of meetings organised by the Department of Contemporary English Language. AMU Faculty of English researchers and invited guests talk about topics related to phonetics and phonology – hence the name. The meetings have a relatively informal nature and frequently result in heated discussion. All interested parties are welcome.

Phon&Phon meetings so far, by academic year


23 January 2024: Brygida Sawicka-Stępińska: Me como las eses hasta en la sopa (I eat my esses even in the soup). Sociolinguistic dimensions of /s/-weakening in Guayaquil Spanish and how to study them [see details]

7 November 2023: Anton Malmi: The production of Estonian palatalization by Estonian and Russian speakers [see details]


30 May 2023: Maral Asiaee: Linguistic voice quality [see details]

18 April 2023: Saeed Rahandaz: Cognitive Phonology: Implications of an Emergentist Model [see details]

17 January 2023: Ewelina Wojtkowiak: Bidirectional interaction in the realisation of Polish and English vowels: evidence for common phonological space [see details]

06 December 2022: Hanna Kędzierska: The processing of non-native speech: Evidence from ERP studies

29 September 2022: Joan C. Mora: Speech rhythm in L2 oral production: Individual differences in L2 proficiency, task complexity effects, and its relationship with comprehensibility and accentedness


01 February 2022: Nicole Rodríguez: The perception and production of lexical stress among early Spanish-English bilingual children

30 November 2021: Theresa Matzinger: The role of prosody in language learning, language change and language evolution

19 October 2021: Kyle Parrish: L3 French Voice-Onset Time at first exposure by Spanish-English bilinguals


13 April 2021: Oriana Kilbourn-Ceron: A new approach to connected speech: using phonological concepts and speech planning models to advance one another (part of the Akademicki Poznań Open Lecture series)

23 March 2021: Ewelina Wojtkowiak: What does research into L2-induced phonetic drift in L1 tell us about laryngeal phonology?

08 December 2020: Míša Hejná: Attention To People Like You? What Tyneside English pre-aspiration may suggest about changes from below


28 January 2020: Małgorzata Kul: Towards modelling yod coalescence in American English


15 April 2019: Míša Hejná & Kamil Kaźmierski: Pre-aspiration in American English

26 February 2019: Karolina Baranowska: Variation in Polish word-final nasal vowels: A sociolinguistic study

31 January 2019: Jonathan Morris & Míša Hejná: The sociophonetics of pre-aspiration in Welsh (a joint event with the Celtic Reading Group)


21 September 2018: Max Topps: The acquisition of vowel contrasts by English-Polish heritage bilingual children

25 May 2018: Michael Vitevitch: Connecting the dots: A Personal Research Retrospective

15 May 2018: Grzegorz Michalski: Alternants of the voiced velar plosive in novel masculine diminutives in Polish with the suffix {–ek}

06 and14 December 2017: Andreas Baumann: Workshop on regression modeling and multimodel inference

14 November 2017: Kamil Kaźmierski: Word-final intervocalic glottalization in American English: Evidence for word-specific phonetics


9 May 2017: Andreas Baumann: Manner of articulation is the primary articulatory pressure in the formation of phonotactic systems: evidence from the acquisition and diachrony of Dutch and Afrikaans

25 April 2017: Katarzyna Klessa: Annotation Pro: Annotation of linguistic and paralinguistic features in speech; Anna Marczak: A model of word stress in Polish speakers of English

28 February 2017: Geoffrey Schwartz: Integrating segmental and suprasegmental phonology

17 January 2017: Ewelina Wojtkowiak: Features in phonology: the history and the problems

13 December 2016: Lechosław Jocz: VOT i dźwięczność spółgłosek zwartych w gwarze Dąbrówki Wielkopolskiej

15 November 2016: Rachid Ridouane: The phonetics and phonology of syllables without vowels


24 May 2016: Jerzy Dzierla: Investigating the perception-production link in L2 speech acquisition: The influence of auditory training on pronunciation

26 April 2016: Maciej Baranowski: Part of town as an independent factor: the NORTH-FORCE merger in Manchester English

15 March 2016: Bartomiej Czaplicki, Marzena Żygis, Daniel Pape and Luis M.T. Jesus: Acoustic and sociolinguistic analysis of new ways to articulate sibilants in Polish

23 February 2016: Anna Balas: Perception of English vowels by Polish learners of English: A hierarchy of features?

19 January 2016: Katarzyna Olejniczak: First-language phonotactics in second-language continuous speech segmentation

17 December 2015: Richard Wiese: Principles or usage? Experiments on the processing of consonant clusters

17 November 2015: Joan C. Mora: Individual differences in L2 phonological processing


09 January 2015: Marta Marecka and Magdalena Wrembel: The phonological profile of Polish-English bilingual children

24 March 2015: Cormac Anderson: Abstraction and minimality in vowel systems typology: The case of Irish

24 February 2015: Michał Pikusa: Neural correlates of phonological processing in Polish-English bilinguals: An fMRI study

25 November 2014: Małgorzata Kul and Paulina Zydorowicz: Book presentation: Oxford handbook of corpus phonology


29 May 2014: Maciej Baranowski: The sociolinguistics of back vowel fronting in Manchester English

18 March 2014: Grzegorz Aperliński and Kacper Łodzikowski: Online tools for teaching English phonetics

12 November 2013: Kamil Kaźmierski: Has English become a vowel shifting language, and if so why?


07 May 2013: Zofia Malisz, Marzena Żygis and Bernd Pompino-Marschall: Rhythmic structure effects on glottalisation: A study of different speech styles in Polish and German

16 April 2013: Grażyna Demenko: Technologie przetwarzania informacji słownych w zapobieganiu oraz zwalczaniu przestępczości zorganizowanej i terroryzmu

26 March 2013: Paula Orzechowska: Online processing of Polish word stress

15 January 2013: Maciej Baranowski: Ethnicity and sound change: African American English in Charleston, South Carolina

13 November 2012: Grzegorz Aperliński: The features and functions of paralinguistic clicks in English


28 June 2012: Luiza Newlin-Łukowicz: Polish is not a bidirectional stress system

15 May 2012: Grzegorz Michalski: Palatalisation: coronals, cycles, yers, velars, and the Polish -ek

17 April 2012: Geoff Schwartz: Not-so-dangerous liaisons in the speech of Polish learners of English

10 January 2012: Arkadiusz Rojczyk: Vowel analysis in Akustyk for Praat

08 November 2011: Poster session

  • Anna Balas: Glottal stops produced by Polish native speakers in Polish and in English
  • Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk, Michał Jankowski & Piotr Wierzchoń: Classification of the lexicon of modern Polish according to the structure of consonant clusters
  • Karolina Grzeszkowiak & Monika Połczyńska: Phonolgical processes in first and second language in an adolescent moderate-functioning autistic individual
  • Marcin Kilarski & Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk: Facts and misinterpretations in phonetic accounts of the world languages
  • Magdalena Wrembel: Cross-modal reinforcement in phonetics teaching and learning: An overview of innovative trends in pronunciation pedagogy; Cross-linguistic influence in third language acquisition of voice onset time


07 June 2011: Daniel Huber: Patterns of C-C place assimilation in Lancashire English: Are good girls really goo[g g]irls and do bad boys really become ba[b b]oys?

26 May 2011: Michael Schäfer: Measuring phonetic reduction in Icelandic: A corpus-based study on adverb reduction

10 May 2011: Michał Jankowski: Corpus-based analysis of Polish consonant clusters

13 April 2011: Jennifer Nycz: Second dialect acquisition and phonological theory

08 March 2011: Małgorzata Szurlej: We are all born linguists: Neuroscience and second language learning methods

23 November 2010: Geoff Schwartz: Rhythm and vowel quality – Accents of English and beyond

12 October 2010: Bente Hannisdal: What’s happening in RP? An empirical look at variation and change in Received Pronunciation


18 May 2010: Bruce Smith (joint then-School of English (now-Faculty of English) Friday Lecture and Phon&Phon meeting): Converging studies of devoicing in first and second language speech production

13 April 2010: Małgorzata Kul: Towards a gradual scale of vowel reduction

02 March 2010: Michał Jankowski: Automatic grapheme-to-phoneme transition for Polish revisited

19 January 2010: Grzegorz Michalski: Empty spaces. Representational means of reflecting non-cyclic affixation

15 December 2009: Aleksandra Oszmiańska-Pagett: The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages as a challenge: Examples from the UK and Poland

18 November 2009: Ron Kim: Typological change in progress: The evolution of nonlinear morphology in an older Indo-European language

27 October 2009: Marta Marecka: How does perception influence the way we speak? L1 and L2 speech of individuals with sensorineural hearing loss


15 April 2009, 18:30: Ulrike Gut: Final t/d deletion in Singapore English

31 March 2009, 18:30: Phon&Phon Reading Group, moderated by Jarosław Weckwerth: Vowel shifts: Beyond the Northern Cities. Part 2

16 December 2008, 18:30: Phon&Phon Reading Group, moderated by Jarosław Weckwerth: Vowel shifts: Beyond the Northern Cities

25 November 2008, 18:30: Jolanta Sypiańska: Glottal epenthesis in the interlanguage of bilingual Spanish-Catalan speakers learning English

Earlier years

26 March 2008: Zofia Malisz and Katarzyna Klessa: Mutual temporal adaptation of Polish consonants and vowels

30 October 2007: Poster session:

  • Pier Marco Bertinetto, Sylwia Scheuer, Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk, Maddalena Agonii: Intersegmental cohesion and syllable division in Polish
  • Magdalena Wrembel: Sounds like a rainbow –  a proposal for a coloured vowel chart
  • Anna Balas: Introducing diphthongs to the vowel space
  • Monika Połczyńska-Fiszer: Acoustic analysis of first and second language dysarthria in patients with traumatic brain injury
  • Mgr Barbara Pastuszek-Lipińska: Musicians outperform nonmusicians in a study with shadowing speech

12 June 2007: Ugo Ugorji: Phonology of Nigerian English: Main research developments.

06 March 2007: Monika Połczyńska-Fiszer: Regaining speech after brain injury and coma – A longitudinal case study.

21 November 2006: Kamila Malczak: The implicational nature of phonostylistic processes.

22 June 2006: Łukasz Mokrzycki: On phonological representations.

25 May 2006: Włodzimierz Sobkowiak and Aleksandra Wojnowska: PDI PAD: Phonetic Difficulty Index in Phonetic Access Dictionary (a demo of the beta version).

17 May 2005: Emilia Szalkowska (AMU Department of Linguistics): Why do we need svarabhakti and other parasites in phonology? How to repair Polish consonant clusters? Korean students' strategies.

20 October 2005: Workshop: Acoustic analysis in Praat: A short course on how to use this computer programme for your own research and during classes. Geoffrey Schwartz, Anna Bogacka and Zofia Malisz.

06 April 2005: Joint interdisciplinary meeting:

  • Jarosław Weckwerth: How EMMA will digitise your tongue: Electro-Magnetic Midsagittal Articulometry.
  • Monika Połczyńska-Fiszer: See your brain! The basics of fMRI.

12 May 2004: Geoff Schwatrz: Perception in Natural Phonology – Formalizing “external” evidence.

22 April 2004: Anna Bogacka: What do Poles hear when they listen to English? On the perception of English high vowel by Polish learners of English.

28 November 2004:

  1. Workshop 1: Małgorzata Fabiszak and Katarzyna Janicka: Effective voice use in the classroom.
  2. Workshop 2:  Geoff Schwarz: Speech analysis for practical phonetics. Acoustics for dummies. Wiktor Gonet: Acoustics for Practical Phonetics.

13 October 2004: Bryan Pellom (Center for Spoken Language Research, University of Colorado) talked about advances in speech technology.

2003: Pier Marco Bertinetto (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa): The weakness of the syllabic effect in Italian.