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Silke Hamann

Silke Hamann


I have moved to the University of Amsterdam.
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Interessen / interests

I am a phonologist and a phonetician and my areas of interest include:

  • phonological features, especially their emergence in a non-nativist approach,
  • perceptual cues to segmental contrasts from a synchronic, diachronic and typological perspective,
  • acquisition and learnability of phonological categories and restrictions by adults and infants,
  • computer simulations of phonological and phonetic acquisition,
  • and retroflexes in all shapes and flavours!

Veröffentlichungen / publications


Journal articles

  • Hanulíková, Adriana & Silke Hamann (2010) "Slovak." Journal of the International Phonetic Association 40,3: 369-374.
  • Hall, T. A. & Silke Hamann (2010) "On the cross-linguistic avoidance of rhotic plus high front vocoid sequences." Lingua 120: 1821-1844.
  • Hamann, Silke & Susanne Fuchs (2010) "Retroflexion of voiced stops: data from Dhao, Thulung, Afar and German." Language and Speech 53,2: 181-216.
  • Boersma, Paul & Silke Hamann (2008) "The evolution of auditory dispersion in bidirectional constraint grammars." Phonology 25,2: 217-270.
  • Iverson, Paul, Dulika Ekanayake, Silke Hamann, Anke Sennema & Bronwen Evans (2008) "Category and perceptual interference in second-language phoneme learning: An examination of English /w/-/v/ learning by Sinhala, German, and Dutch speakers." Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 34,5: 1305-1316.
  • Hamann, Silke (2006) "On the use of Evolutionary Phonology for phonological theory." Theoretical Linguistics 32,2: 197-204.
  • Hall, T.A. & Silke Hamann (2006) "Towards a typology of stop assibilation." Linguistics 44,6: 1195-1236.
  • Hall, T.A., Silke Hamann & Marzena Zygis (2006) "The phonetic motivation for phonological stop assibilation." Journal of the International Phonetic Association 36,1: 59-81.
  • Hamann, Silke (2004) "Retroflex fricatives in Slavic Languages." Journal of the International Phonetic Association 34,1: 53-67.
  • Hamann, Silke (2003) "Norwegian retroflexion – licensing by cue or prosody?" A. Dahl, K. Bentzen & P. Svenonius (eds.) Special Issue of the Proceedings of the 19th Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics. Nordlyd 31,1: 63-77. pdf
  • Hall, T.A. & Silke Hamann (2003) "Loanword nativization in Modern Standard German as evidence for the phonological word." Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft 22,1: 56-85.

Books and book chapters

  • Hamann, Silke (to appear) "Dispersion theory", "Functional phonology", "Functionalist approaches to phonology" and further entries. In: T.A. Hall & B. Pompino-Marschall (eds.) Phonetik und Phonologie / Phonetics and Phonology. Wörterbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Hamann, Silke (2011) "The Phonetics-Phonology Interface." In: N. Kula, B. Botma & K. Nasukawa (eds.) Continuum Companion to Phonology. London: Continuum, 202-224.
  • Hamann, Silke, Paul Boersma & Małgorzata Ćavar (2011) "Language-specific differences in the weighting of perceptual cues for labiodentals." In: M. Wrembel, M. Kul & K. Dziubalska-Kołaczyk (eds.) Achievements and perspectives in second language acquisition of speech: New Sounds 2010. Berlin: Peter Lang, 115-123.
  • Boersma, Paul & Silke Hamann (2009) "Loanword adaptation as first-language phonological perception." In: Andrea Calabrese & Leo Wetzels (eds.) Loan Phonology. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 11-53. pdf
  • Boersma, Paul & Silke Hamann (eds., 2009) Phonology in Perception. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

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  • Boersma, Paul & Silke Hamann (2009) "Introduction: models of phonology in perception." In: P. Boersma & S. Hamann (eds.) Phonology in Perception. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1-24.
  • Hamann, Silke (2009) "The learner of a perception grammar as a source of sound change." In: P. Boersma & S. Hamann (eds.) Phonology in Perception. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 111-149.
  • Hamann, Silke (2009) "Variation in the perception of an L2 contrast: A combined phonetic and phonological account." In: F. Kügler, C. Fery & R. v. d. Vijver (eds.) Variation and Gradience in Phonetics and Phonology. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 79-105. pdf
  • Hamann, Silke & Marzena Żygis (2005) "Phonology." In: U. Ammon, N. Dittmar, K. J. Mattheier & P. Trudgill (eds.) Sociolinguistics: An International Handbook of the Science of Language and Society. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, second, completely revised edition. Volume 1: 512-521.
  • Hamann, Silke (2003) The Phonetics and Phonology of Retroflexes. Ph.D. dissertation. Utrecht: LOT Press. pdf
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  • Ćavar, Małgorzata & Silke Hamann (2003) "Polish velar and coronal palatalization – its perceptual background." In: P. Kosta, J. Błaszczak, J. Frasek, L. Geist & M. Żygis (eds.) Investigations into Formal Slavic Linguistics. Berlin: Peter Lang Verlag; 31-48.

Conference proceedings, working papers, etc.

  • Kateřina Chládková & Silke Hamann (2011) "High vowels in Standard British English: /u/-fronting does not result in merger." In: Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Hong Kong.
  • Hamann, Silke, Diana Apoussidou & Paul Boersma (to appear) "Modelling the formation of phonotactic restrictions across the mental lexicon." In: Proceedings of the 45th Meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society. pdf
  • Petersen, Wiebke & Silke Hamann (2010) "On the generalizability of Panini's pratyahara-technique to other languages." In: G.N. Jha (Ed.) Sanskrit Computational Linguistics: Proceedings of the 4th International Sanskrit Computational Linguistics Symposium. Berlin: Springer, 21-38.
  • Hamann, Silke, Paul Boersma & Małgorzata Ćavar (2010) "Language-specific differences in the weighting of perceptual cues for labiodentals." In: K. Dziubalska-Kołaczyk, M. Wrembel & M. Kul (eds.) Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on the Acquisition of Second Language Speech (New Sounds 2010). Poznan: 167-172. pdf
  • Ćavar, Małgorzata & Silke Hamann (2008) "Phonemes, features and allophones in L2 phonology: Polish sibilants in Croatian ears." In: Proceedings of GLiP 6.
  • Hamann, Silke & Susanne Fuchs (2008) "How do voiced retroflex stops evolve? Evidence from typology and an articulatory study." In: M. Żygis & S. Fuchs (eds.) ZAS Papers in Linguistics 49: 97-131. pdf
  • Hamann, Silke & Heriberto Avelino (2007) "An acoustic study of plain and palatalized sibilants in Ocotepec Mixe." Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Saarbrücken; 949-952. pdf
  • Boersma, Paul & Silke Hamann (2007) "The evolution of auditory contrast." Rutgers Optimality Archive 909. pdf
  • Hamann, Silke (2005) "The diachronic emergence of retroflex segments in three languages." In: LINK: tijdschrift voor linguistiek te Utrecht 15,1: 29-48. pdf
  • Boersma, Paul & Silke Hamann: "The violability of backness in retroflex consonants." ROA 713. pdf
  • Hamann, Silke & Anke Sennema (2005) "Acoustic differences between German and Dutch labiodentals." In: C. Geng, J. Brunner & D. Pape (eds.) ZAS Papers in Linguistics 42: 33-41. pdf
  • Hamann, Silke & Anke Sennema (2005) "Voiced labiodental fricatives or glides – all the same to Germans." In: V. Hazan & P. Iverson (eds.) Proceedings of the ISCA Workshop on Plasticity in Speech Perception. London; 164-167. pdf
  • Hamann, Silke & Hristo Velkov (2005) "Airflow in stop-vowel sequences of German." In: C. Geng, J. Brunner & D. Pape (eds.) ZAS Papers in Linguistics 42: 1-12. pdf
  • Hall, T.A., Silke Hamann & Marzena Żygis (2004) "The phonetic motivation for phonological stop assibilation." In: S. Fuchs & S. Hamann (eds.) Papers on Phonetics and Phonology. ZAS Papers in Linguistics 37: 187-219. pdf
  • Hamann, Silke (2003) "German glide formation functionally viewed." In: T.A. Hall & S. Hamann (eds.) Papers in Phonetics and Phonology. ZAS Papers in Linguistics 32: 137-154. pdf
  • Hall, T.A. & Silke Hamann (2003) "Towards a typology of stop assibilation."In: T.A. Hall & S. Hamann (eds.) Papers in Phonetics and Phonology. ZAS Papers in Linguistics 32: 137-154. pdf
  • Żygis, Marzena & Silke Hamann (2003) "Perceptual and acoustic cues of Polish coronal fricatives." In: Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Barcelona: 395-398. pdf
  • Hamann, Silke (2002) "Postalveolar Fricatives in Slavic Languages as Retroflexes." In: S. Baauw, M. Huiskes & M. Schoorlemmer (eds.) OTS Yearbook 2002. Utrecht: Utrecht Institute of Linguistics: 105-127. pdf
  • Hamann, Silke (2002) "Retroflexion and Retraction revised." In: T.A. Hall, B. Pompino-Marschall & M. Rochoń (eds.) Papers on Phonetics and Phonology: The Articulation, Acoustics and Perception of Consonants. ZAS Papers in Linguistics 28: 13-26. pdf

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Zusammenarbeit / present cooperations

  • with Paul Boersma (University of Amsterdam) on the diachronic changes of sound inventories and their computer simulations
  • with Nancy Kula (University of Essex) on the phonology of Bemba
  • with Kateřina Chládková (University of Amsterdam) and Daniel Williams (University of Sheffield) on the acoustics and the perceptual cues to high vowels in British English, for more information click here
  • with Wiebke Petersen (HHU Düsseldorf) on applying Panini's method of describing the phonology and morphophonology of Sanskrit to other languages, for more information click here
  • with Elise de Bree (Utrecht University), Mirjam Ernestus (University Nijmegen & MPI Nijmegen) and Elizabeth Johnson (University of Toronto) on the acquisition of phonotactic restrictions by infants, especially the influence of type versus token frequency

Lehrveranstaltungen / courses


At the Institut für Sprache und Information, HHU Düsseldorf:

  • "Lauterwerb und Lautwandel in der Optimalitätstheorie", MA course, winter term 2010.
  • "Phonologie der Bantusprachen", MA course, summer term 2010.
  • "Phonologische Adaption von Lehnwörtern", BA & MA course, winter term 2009.
  • "Phonologische Merkmale", MA course, summer term 2009.
  • "Intonation aus phonetischer und phonologischer Perspektive", BA & MA course, winter term 2008.
  • "Einführung in die Phonetik", BA course, winter term 2007 - 2010.
  • "Einführung in die Phonologie", BA course, summer term 2008, 2010 and 2011.
  • "Methodenkurs Phonologie & Phonetik", BA course, summer term 2008 and 2009.

Other institutes:

  • "Multi-level bidirectional connections" together with Paul Boersma, PhD course, summer school Models of Language Variation and Change at the Philipps-University Marburg, August 7-21, 2009.
  • "Phonological features", PhD course, LOT summer school 2009, University Leiden, June 8 - 12, 2009.
  • "Phonology and its interfaces", MA course, Linguistics department (UiL-OTS) of the University Utrecht, September - November 2007.
  • "Sound change", MA & PhD course, Jadertina summer school in empirical and computational linguistics, Zadar, Croatia, September 2006.
  • "Typologie der Lautsysteme" BA course, Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik, Humboldt Universität Berlin, winter term 2005.
  • "The sounds of the world's languages", BA course, English department, Humboldt Universität Berlin, summer term 2004.
  • "Introduction to phonetics and phonology", BA course, English department, Humboldt Universität Berlin, winter term 2003.

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