Urban Zihlmann, MPhil (Cantab.)

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