Urban Zihlmann

Urban Zihlmann

Tel.: +41 (0)44 63 45626

Raumbezeichnung: KOL-H 318a (Rämistrasse 71)

urban.zihlmann@uzh.ch

My research interests primarily lie in the fields of experimental phonetics, forensic phonetics (and forensic linguistics in general) as well as dialectology, which proves beneficial for forensic voice comparisons. Currently I am involved in the SNF-, DFG-, and FWF-supported D-A-CH project about vowel and consonant length in southern German varieties, collaborating with the Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and the Acoustics Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Science in Vienna.

I completed my undergrad at the University of Bern, where I studied English and General Linguistics from 2011 to 2015, with two semesters of English Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. In my BA thesis I explored alcohol-related deaffrication in Bernese Swiss German. From 2015 to 2016 I studied Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge (Darwin College) with a focus on phonetics. The resulting MPhil thesis concerned the dialects of the canton of Lucerne.

 

Awards and Scholarships:

· Lore-und-Geert-Blanken-Schlemper-Stiftung, 6210 Sursee (2015): 6,000 CHF - MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge

· Hans-und-Wilma-Stutz-Stiftung, 9102 Herisau (2015): 10,000 CHF - MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge

· Rotary Foundation (2013): 27,000 USD - Study Abroad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison