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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.


  • I presented a paper on the relationship between fine phonetic detail and sound change at the third Hanyang International Symposium of Phonetics and Cognitive Sciences of Language, focusing on stop phonetics and stop lenition in Jutland Danish. I also gave an earlier version of this presentation at the PhD and Postdoc Kolloquium at the IPS in Munich. Slides can be found here.
  • In the spring semester of 2023 I’ll be teaching seminars in the course Statistics and phonetics in the BA Phonetics and Speech Processing at LMU Munich.
  • I had a paper accepted for this year’s International Congress of Phonetic Sciences on variation in stop release characteristics (/t/ in particular) in different varieties of Jutland Danish, using functional PCA to decompose variance in noise characteristics. Looking forward to seeing y’all in Prague!
  • An abstract of mine was accepted for this year’s Hanyang International Symposium on Phonetics and Cognitive Sciences of Language. I’ll be presenting on the relationship between variation in fine phonetic detail in stop realization and the variation in the outcomes of stop-related sound changes in the Danish Jutland peninsula. Abstract can be found here. Hope to see you there!
  • 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.