Latest news

Recenty published:

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

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.

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

Projects launched:

Nowe Idee (New ideas) grant funded by the Ministry of Higher Education in Poland as a part of the Excellence Initiative; title:  "Influence of accented speech on language processing during simultaneous interpreting", in collaboration with Janina Mołczanow, Małgorzata Szupica-Pyrzanowska and Katarzyna Stachowiak-Szymczak (University of Warsaw), as well as with the Eye-tracking Research Centre of the SWPS University and the Multilingualism Research Hub (University of Warsaw). The project is planned to finish in October 2022. 

French Government Research Scholarship - research stay in Nice (France) -- "Cross-linguistic differences in the perception of subphonemic features – an EEG study", in cooperation with  Tobias Scheer (Université Côte d’Azur), summer 2021.

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 to be finalised in May 2022.

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!

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.