Latest news

To appear:

K. Broś, M. Żygis, A. Sikorski and J. Wołłejko. Phonological contrasts and gradient effects in ongoing lenition in the Spanish of Gran Canaria. Phonology.

Upcoming conferences:

PaPE 2021 Barcelona

PLM 50/51 Poznań

Just published:

K. Broś, M. Meyer, M. Kliesch and V. Dellwo.  Word stress processing integrates phonological abstraction with lexical access – an ERP study. Journal of Neurolinguistics.

Gran Canarian Spanish non-continuant voicing: gradiency, sex differences and perception. To appear in Phonetica. The paper shows experimental data from 20 native speakers confirming the status of post-vocalic non-continuant voicing as an ongoing sound change dependent on both internal and external factors.

Review of The Phonetics-Phonology Interface edited by Joaquín Romero and María Riera to appear in Phonetica.

Domain modelling in OT: Morphophonological cyclicity vs. stepwise prosodic parsing. Journal of Linguistics. The paper discusses the ways in which opacity is solved by Stratal OT and Harmonic Serialism, showing the superiority of the former in cases where several repairs of the same structure are allowed. 

Spanish non-continuants at the phonology-phonetics interface. Isogloss. A journal on variation of Romance and Iberian languages 4(1): 1-27. The paper discusses the phonology and phonetics of post-vocalic voicing in Gran Canarian Spanish. 

Forthcoming projects:

Cross-linguistic Study of L2 Stress Perception – Pupillometric Study - in cooperation with Ipek Pinar Uzun and Ozgur Aydin from Ankara University

Perception of Spanish aspiration by native speakers and Polish L2 learners of Spanish: behavioural and pupillometric evidence - project under way at the University of Warsaw, experimenters: Jan Wołłejko, Adam Sikorski, methodological oversight: Karolina Broś

Recent conferences:

PhonolEEGy Nice, France (October 2020)

SLE 2019 Leipzig, Germany (August)

PaPE 2019 Lecce, Italy (June)

APAP 2019 Lublin, Poland (June)

SLE 2019 Leipzig, Germany (August)

Upcoming conferences:

OCP 17 Warsaw! (February 2020)

Project launched:

The SONATA project financed by the Polish Science Foundation is now ongoing. Together with Jan Wołłejko and Adam Sikorski, and in cooperation with Marzena Żygis, we are now analysing phonetic data from over 50 native speakers of Gran Canarian Spanish. We are investigating specifically the behaviour of underlying non-continuants, which includes various degrees of stop voicing and approximantisation and their consequences in the form of perceptual difficulties and inventory shifts.

Project finished:

The Zurich ERP project is now finalised. The results are very interesting from the point of view of phonological processing/computation. Stay tuned -- We are currently preparing a paper reporting the results!

Previous news:

Here's the webpage of the experiment I am currently running in Zurich:

The study is a part of my research stay at the University of Zurich, in cooperation with professor Volker Dellwo from the Phonetics Lab (Department of Computational Linguistics), professor Martin Meyer from the Psychology Department and PhD candidate Maria Kliesch. The project is funded by the Swiss government. For more details, see the Projects tab.

My academic profile 

My primary academic interest is phonology. I love studying the sounds of languages and the laws responsible for them. I remember my first phonology lecture with professor Jerzy Rubach in 2003 - that was the day when I decided to become a phonologist and I managed to pursue this plan in the later years of my university education.

I specialise in Optimality Theory and stratal accounts of phonological interactions, but I also aim at looking at the bigger picture in my research: how sound changes and shifts are governed by higher-level laws. I combined the strictly formal OT approach to language systems with language change and sociolinguistics in my PhD thesis on Chilean Spanish. In the future, I hope to further develop this interdisciplinary approach in my study of different linguistic phenomena within the Spanish language and beyond. Further information on my phonological, phonetic and sociolinguistic research is available under the Publications and Projects tabs on the left.

I have spent years teaching English pronunciation and phonetics, which is another line of inquiry for me, at least from the methodological perspective. My reflections on the subject will be available under the Teaching tab.

As a professional translation and interpreter, I am glad that I can combine my practical knowledge with theoretical background in linguistics and teaching methodology during my translation and interpreting workshops at the University of Warsaw and at SWPS. More information on this part of my academic duties can also be found under the Teaching tab.