Brief CV


MA Phonetics (UCL), Cand.Mag. English Studies (Copenhagen), PhD (Cantab) – for my full CV, see this page.

Edited volume

  • Nyvad, Hejná, Højen, Jespersen & Sørensen (2019). A Sound Approach to Language Matters: in honor of Ocke-Schwen Bohn. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.

Book chapter

  • Hejná & Jespersen (2019). Focus on consonants: prosodic prominence and the fortis-lenis contrast in English dialects. In Nyvad, Hejná, Højen, Jespersen & Sørensen (Eds.) A Sound Approach to Language Matters: in honor of Ocke-Schwen Bohn. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 237-270.

Journal articles

  • Hejná, Borkfelt, Eaton, Christensen, Clasen, Fage-Butler, Jespersen, Jacobsen,  Kjeldgaard-Christiansen, Schjoldager, Stephan, Sørensen (2019). Interdisciplinary: To Be or Not to Be? Working Across Disciplinary Boundaries in the Humanities (and Beyond). In Leviathan: Interdisciplinary Journal in English, 5, 1–12.
  • Hejná & Jespersen (in press). The coming of age: teasing apart the chronological, the social, and the biological. Language & Linguistics Compass.
  • Jespersen & Hejná (Accepted) Vokalhelvedet: hvor svær er dansk udtale, og hvordan undervises der i udtale for andetsprogstalere? Studies in Modern Danish.
  • (Submitted – Jespersen & Hejná) Can the subaltern speak Danish? Submitted to Otherness: Essays and Studies.
  • (Submitted – Jespersen, Šturm & Hejná) The rise and fall of Danish dialects: A preliminary look at f0 variation in Jutland Danish. Submitted to Nordic Journal of Linguistics.

  • (In preparation): Acoustic, pragmatic and sociolinguistic cues to the distinction between uptalk and other declarative rises. To be submitted to Phonetica.
  • (In preparation): Is uptalk an ethnolectal marker in Sydney Aboriginal English? To be submitted to Linguistics Vanguard.
  • (In preparation – Sencindiver, Hejná & Jespersen) The sexual rules of ageing: Madonna queering age and voice. To be submitted to Gender and Language.
  • (In preparation – Jespersen & Hejná) Age as a constructed social category and a biological fact: exploring age effects in Newcastle English. To be submitted to Journal of Sociolinguistics.
  • (In preparation – Hejná & Jespersen) Teasing apart social and biological effects of ageing on linguistic variation: a case study of Jutland Danish. To be submitted to Language & Communication.

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings

Summary of teaching experience

  • Spring 2021: English as an International Language, BA minor course at Business Communication (co-taught), University of Aarhus.
  • Spring 2019, 2020, 2021: Sociolinguistics, 1st year BA course (co-taught), University of Aarhus.
  • Autumn 2018: Disciplinary Perspectives, MA minor course (co-taught), University of Aarhus.
  • Spring 2017: English and Globalisation, 3rd year BA minor course, University of Aarhus.
  • Autumn 2016: Sociophonetics, MA course, University of Aarhus.
  • Autumn 2016: English phonetics and phonology, 1st year BA course, University of Aarhus.
  • 2014–2016: Phonetics, 2nd/3rd year undergraduate course + lecture,  University of Cambridge.
  • October 2014 and 2015: Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology for MML 2. 1st year undergraduate lecture, University of Cambridge.
  • 2013–2014: Sounds and Words, 1st year undergraduate course, University of Cambridge.
  • 2013–2014: Language, Brain and Society, 1st year undergraduate course, University of Cambridge.
  • Spring 2012: English Grammar and Communication. Sessional teaching assistant, 2nd year BA course, University of Copenhagen
  • Spring 2009: English Phonetics. Sessional teaching assistant, 1st year BA course, University of Copenhagen.

Conference presentations

  • (December 2020) (Hejná & Jespersen) Defying age classification? Madonna’s vowels and f0 in apparent time. To be presented to Phonetics and Phonology in Denmark, Aarhus University.
  • (November 2020) (Jespersen & Hejná) Vowel Hell! Why is it important for L2 learners to have a firm grasp of Danish phonetics? To be presented to Phonetics and Phonology in Denmark, Aarhus University.
  • October 2020 (Jespersen & Hejná) Hvordan får vi danskerne til at tale dansk med os? [How do we get Danes to speak Danish to us?] MUDS 2020, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
  • October 2019 (Hejná & Jespersen) Garbage language for garbage people? Linguistic integration of adult learners of Danish as a foreign language in Denmark (poster). New Waves of Analysing Variation, University of Oregon, Eugene, US.
  • September 2019 (Hejná & Jespersen) Age in LVC: teasing apart the chronological, the psychological, the social, and the biological. UKLVC 12, Queen Mary, University of London.
  • August 2019 – presented by M. Hejná: The perception of falls, plateaux and simple rises in Belfast English. ICPhS 19, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • October 2018: Rødgrød med fløde? Hvilke aspekter af det danske sprog kæmper andetsprogstalere med? MUDS (Møderne om Udforskningen af Dansk Sprog) 17, Aarhus University. Co-authored.
  • August 2018: Style-shifting in the production of Sallingbomål high vowels (poster), PPDK (Phonetics and Phonology in Denmark), Aarhus University.
  • April 2018: Stylistic variation in the use of rise-plateaux, falls and uptalk rises in Belfast English, British Association of Academic Phoneticians Colloquium, University of Canterbury.
  • April 2018 – Keynote presentation: The highs and lows of social life: what studies of intonation can teach sociolinguists, mFil postgraduate conference, University of Manchester.
  • January 2018: Language and Politics in Northern Ireland: intonational innovation in Belfast English. Language, Place and Periphery, University of Copenhagen.
  • June 2017: Is uptalk coming to Northern Ireland? Acoustical Society of America conference, University of Boston.
  • June 2017: Language-dependent and language-independent perception of prominence, Phonetics and Phonology in Europe, University of Cologne. Co-authored.
  • June 2017: Audience effects on the phonetic realisation of uptalk, ICLaVE 9, University of Malaga. 
  • June 2016: Uptalk and ethnicity in Sydney Aboriginal English, Sociolinguistics Symposium 22, University of Murcia
  • May-June 2016: A first look at declarative rises as markers of ethnicity in Sydney. Speech Prosody, University of Boston.
  • May-June 2016: Towards a typology of prominence perception: the role of duration. Speech prosody, University of Boston. Co-authored.
  • March–April 2016: The role of duration in the perception of prominence in typologically different and related languages, British Association of Academic Phoneticians Colloquium, University of Lancaster. Co-authored.
  • November 2015: High rising terminals as markers of ethnicity in Sydney, Cambridge Language Sciences Symposium, University of Cambridge.
  • September 2015: “That’s us mob?”: high rising terminals in Aboriginal and Standard Australian English, UK Language, Variation and Change 10, University of York
  • August 2015: Intonational rises and interaction structure in Sydney Aboriginal English, ICPhS 18, University of Glasgow
  • April 2015: High rise terminals and discourse structure in Sydney Aboriginal English, The Phonology of Contemporary English, University of Toulouse
  • July 2014: Voice quality as a sociophonetic variable in Sydney Aboriginal English, Sociolinguistics Summer School 5, University College Dublin.
  • April 2014: The Effect of Speaker Roles and Speech Style on the Use of HRTs in Aboriginal English, poster presentation, British Association of Academic Phoneticians Colloquium, University of Oxford. Awarded the Eugénie Henderson prize.
  • November 2013: The Sociophonetic Function of High Rise Terminals in Aboriginal English, poster presentation, UCL Graduate Conference in Linguistics, University College London.
  • October 2013: Performing Aboriginal English on a Sydney Radio Station, Australian Linguistics Society Conference, University of Melbourne.