Mag. Theresa Matzinger, MSc

 

e-mail: theresa.matzinger@univie.ac.at

My project unites my broad interests in linguistics, cognition and evolution.

When we speak, prosodic cues such as speech pauses or variations in sound duration and pitch play an important role for how we structure and process language. My project investigates if these cues also have an effect on how language changed historically and how it evolved in the first place. In particular, the project focuses on the role of prosody for speech segmentation and compares the salience of different prosodic cues. Another goal is to explore if different prosodic patterns have different aesthetic values. This may be linked to how well these prosodic patterns are transmitted to future generations of speakers and may influence how language changes over time. Equally, prosodic patterns that occur frequently may serve as attractors for prosodic patterns of newly emerging linguistic forms.

Methodologically, the project combines psycholinguistics, artificial language learning and historical corpus linguistics. This interdisciplinary approach will contribute towards a better understanding of the cognitive prerequisites for language evolution and change in general.

Publications

Matzinger T, Ritt N & Fitch WT. The influence of different prosodic cues on word segmentation (under review)

Baumann A, Matzinger T. Correlates in the evolution of phonotactic diversity in English: linguistic structure, demographics, and network characteristics (under review)

Baumann A, Kazmierski K, Matzinger T. Scaling laws for phonotactic complexity in spoken language data (under review)

Matzinger T, Ritt N & Fitch WT. 2020. Non-native speaker pause patterns closely correspond to those of native speakers at different speech rates. PLoS ONE 15(4): e0230710. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0230710; Media: https://science.orf.at/stories/3200491/

Sima MJ, Matzinger T, Bugnyar T & Pika S. 2018. Reconciliation and third-party affiliation in carrion crows. Ethology 124, 33-44.

Matzinger, T. 2014. Teiche in der Landschaft – Bedeutung, Funktionen und Gefährdung. Schriftenreihe des Bundesamtes für Wasserwirtschaft, Band 36.
http://www.baw.at/images/pdf/oeko/downloads/teiche_landschaft_ebook.pdf 

 

Conference contributions

Protolang 2019: Lisbon, PT, September 9-13, 2019. Schwarz M, Matzinger T, Ritt N. Testing shared language as a source of trust in an investment game. Joint presentation with Schwarz M.

SLE 2019: 52th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea; Leipzig, D, August 21-24, 2019. Matzinger T, Ritt N. Middle English Open Syllable Lengthening produced canonical word form shapes.

ICLC 2019: 15th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference: Crosslinguistic Perspectives on Cognitive Linguistics; Nishinomiya, JP, August 6-11, 2019. Matzinger T, Schwarz M, Ritt N, Fitch WT. The effects of prosodic cues on word segmentation in an artificial language learning task.

ICLC 2019: 15th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference: Crosslinguistic Perspectives on Cognitive Linguistics; Nishinomiya, JP, August 6-11, 2019. Matzinger T, Baumann A, Kazmierski K. Phonotactics is less affected by statistical scaling laws than the lexicon.

PLM 2018: 48th Poznan Linguistic Meeting; Poznan, PL, September 13-15, 2018. Matzinger T, Ritt N, Fitch WT. Characteristics of pauses in L2 speech in different speech tempi.

SLE 2018: 51th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea; Tallinn, EE, August 29-September 1, 2018. Matzinger T, Ritt N, Fitch WT. The effects of final lengthening and pauses on word segmentation in artificial language learning.

ICL 2018: 20th international congress of linguists; Capetown, ZA, July 2-6, 2018. Baumann A, Matzinger T. Ecological and linguistic correlates of the dynamics of phonotactic diversity: a diachronic case study. Joint presentation with Baumann A.

EVOLANG 2018: 12th international conference on language evolution; Torun, PL, April 16-19, 2018. Baumann A, Matzinger T, Ritt N. Linguistic and non-linguistic correlates in the evolution of phonotactic diversity. Joint presentation with Baumann A.

ESHP 2017: Third Edinburgh Symposium on Historical Phonology; Edinburgh, UK, November 30-December 1, 2017. Matzinger T, Ritt N. Middle English Open Syllable Lengthening and statistical (mor-)phonotactics.

SLE 2017: 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europeae; Zurich, CH, September 10-13, 2017. Matzinger T, Ritt N. /l/-darkening in Austrian learner English.

Annual Meeting of the Ethological Society 2017: From Sensory Perception to Behaviour; Bonn, D, February 22-24, 2017. Matzinger T, Aust U. Visual discrimination of natural and artificial stimuli in pigeons (Columba livia).

ASAB Summer Conference 2015: Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Summer Conference; Lincoln, UK, August 26-27, 2015. Matzinger T, Auersperg AMI, Von Bayern AMP & Bugnyar T. Problem-solving and tool-use in Common Ravens (C. corax) and Carrion Crows (C. corone).

ECBB 2014: European Conference of Behavioural Biology; Prague, CZ, July 17-20, 2014. Matzinger T, Auersperg AMI, Von Bayern AMP & Bugnyar T. Problem-solving, tool-use and insight in Common Ravens (C. corax) and Carrion Crows (C. corone).

 

Awards, Scholarships and Grants

2019: Science Communication Grant of the Vienna Business Agency for designing and presenting an exhibit connecting science and art at the Vienna Science Festival 2020

2019: SLE (Societas Linguistica Europaea) award for the best presentation by a PhD student at the 52th Annual Meeting of the SLE

2017: Conference Travel Grant of the Ethological Society 

2012, 2014: ASAB Conference Travel Grants

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 (2x), 2014, 2017: Academic excellence scholarship (Leistungsstipendium), University of Vienna.

 

Teaching

PS Proseminar Linguistics 1 - Phonetics and Phonology: WS 2017/18, SS 2018, WS 2018/19, SS 2019, SS2020; University of Vienna.

AR Research methods in linguistics (statistics sessions): WS 2018/19, SS 2019; University of Vienna.

FS Research Seminar – Experimental Approaches to Language Change: SS 2018; University of Vienna.

 

CV

2017- : PhD student, Department of Cognitive Biology and Department of English, University of Vienna.

2016- : University Assistant (prae-doc), Department of English, University of Vienna.

2014- : AHS teacher for English and Biology

2015-2016: Studies of English Language and Linguistics, University of Vienna.

2011-2015: MSc in Behaviour, Neurobiology and Cognition, University of Vienna.

2008-2014: Mag. rer. nat. in Biology and English (Lehramt), University of Vienna.

2008-2011: BSc in Biology (Microbiology and Genetics), University of Vienna.

 

 

Last updated: April 2020