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Hi all! I’m Rasmus Puggaard-Rode, roughly pronunced [ˈʁɑsmus ˌpʰukːɒːˀˈʁoːɤ]. I’m a postdoctoral fellow in the Spoken Language Processing group at the Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing, Ludwig Maximilian University.

I completed my PhD at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics in January 2023. My dissertation deals with the stop consonants of Danish. It is largely corpus-based. I use a corpus of spontaneous spoken Danish to investigate intervocalic voicing and spectral characteristics of stop releases, and a large legacy corpus of dialect recordings to investigate regional variation in voice onset time, closure voicing, and characteristics of stop releases. I also discuss phonological representation and phonological processes, particularly the infamous Danish stop-semivowel alternations, suggesting that they are better understood as the outcome of sound change rather than synchronically active phonology. My work was supervised by Janet Grijzenhout and Bert Botma. Prior to my dissertation, I also published on information structure from an interactional linguistics perspective, forensic phonetics, second language acquisition, and morphological change.

I enjoy the challenges that arise when analyzing phonetic data from large corpora, and I’m passionate about innovative approaches to data analysis. I’m a proponent of open data and open reporting of methods. I’m also a passionate teacher with experience in teaching phonetics, phonology, and introductory linguistics.

News

  • I published two developmental R packages on GitHub: phonfeatures, which allows you to automatically add columns with articulatory features to a data frame from an existing column with phonetic characters (IPA or SAMPA), and emuhelpeR, which at present can help automatically extract tracks of acoustic measures from an EMU database and perform automated outlier removal, by-speaker normalization, and rescaling.
  • On January 11, I succesfully defended my PhD in the Academiegebouw at Leiden University. The committee consisted of Paul Boersma, Yiya Chen, Willemijn Heeren, Martin Krämer, and Benjamin Storme. The dissertation can be downloaded here.
  • Annie Holtz, Iva Kovač and I edited the proceedings from the 30th Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe. The volume was just published and can be found here.
  • On Wednesday, January 11, 16:15 CET I will defend my PhD at the Academiegebouw in Leiden. The defence will be live streamed, and more info can be found here. The dissertation can be downloaded here.
  • I wrote a review (in Danish) of a recent reprint of a classic Danish phonetics textbook written by Steffen Heger. The review is published on Lingoblog.