LINGUIST List 30.1188

Fri Mar 15 2019

Confs: Applied Ling, Forensic Ling, Gen Ling, Phonetics, Socioling/Austria

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

***************** LINGUIST List Support *****************

Fund Drive 2019
29 years of LINGUIST List!
Please support the LL editors and operation with a donation at:

Date: 12-Mar-2019
From: Barbara Soukup <>
Subject: Workshop in Gedenken an Sylvia Moosmüller
E-mail this message to a friend

Workshop in Gedenken an Sylvia Moosmüller

Date: 08-Apr-2019 - 08-Apr-2019
Location: Vienna, Austria
Contact: Michael Pucher
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Forensic Linguistics; General Linguistics; Phonetics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

With great sadness in our hearts but in gratitude for and celebration of her life and many scholarly contributions, we invite you to join us for a symposium honoring our dear colleague Sylvia Moosmüller, who sadly passed away in April 2018.
The symposium is organized by the Acoustics Research Institute (Austrian Academy of Sciences).

Date/time: April 8, 2019 9:30am
Venue: Acoustics Research Institute, Vortragssaal, Wohllebengasse 12-14, 1040 Vienna
Conference website:

The various contributions honor Sylvia Moosmüller’s work in acoustic phonetics, sociophonetics, dialectology, language processing, and forensic linguistics.
Please register by March 31, 2019 with an e mail to:

Our obituary for Sylvia Moosmüller is posted below. We look forward to welcoming you in this memorial celebration.
With best regards,
Michael Pucher and Peter Balazs

Sylvia Moosmüller (1954-2018)
With great sadness we have to announce the passing of our dear colleague Univ.-Doz. Dr. Sylvia Moosmüller. As Group Leader of the Research Group for Acoustic Phonetics at the Acoustics Research Institute (ARI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, she significantly contributed to the success and excellent international reputation of our institute and its research.
Sylvia Moosmüller studied English, Romance languages, as well as general and applied linguistics at the University of Vienna. In 1984, she earned a doctorate in applied linguistics with her dissertation on “Soziale und psychosoziale Sprachvariation: eine quantitative und qualitative Untersuchung zum gegenwärtigen Wiener Deutsch”. She subsequently worked on various projects on Viennese German, often in cooperation with Univ. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dressler. At the same time, she engaged in research in the areas of feminist linguistics and gender studies. In 1992, she joined the ARI (formerly ‘Commission for Acoustics Research’), then headed by Doz. Dr. Werner Deutsch, for work in the area of forensic phonetics. In 2008, she obtained the venia legendi for applied linguistics and phonetics/phonology with her post-doctoral thesis on “Vowels in Standard Austrian German: An Acoustic-Phonetic and Phonological Analysis”. In addition to her teaching at the Universities of Vienna and Graz, she also held outside courses on “Logopedics-Phoniatrics and Audiology”.
Over many years, Sylvia Moosmüller worked to establish the Research Group for Acoustic Phonetics at the ARI, which carried out numerous successful national and international research projects under her leadership. From 2008 to 2015, she was also Deputy Director of the ARI.

Sylvia Moosmüller’s main scholarly foci were the phonetic and phonological variation in Austrian German, as well as the acoustic-phonetic description of vowels in selected other, under-researched languages. At the same time, she conducted research in the areas of forensic phonetics, sociophonetics, and clinical phonetics. As Secretary General of the IAFPA (International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics) and member of the Expert Working Group ‘Forensic Speech and Audio Analysis’ (FSAAWG) of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI), she was an internationally renowned expert in her fields.

Sylvia Moosmüller passed away much too soon, on April 17, 2018, after losing the battle against grave illness. The Acoustics Research Institute and its members mourn hers as the loss of an excellent researcher and scientist, who, in her finesse and modesty, was a much cherished and beloved colleague who will be greatly missed. Our sympathies and thoughts are with her family, to whom we extend our heartfelt condolences.

Page Updated: 15-Mar-2019