Hanna Ruch

Research carried out at the URPP Language and Space

  • Phonetic accommodation between speakers of Grison and Zurich German (together with Dr Tamara Rakic, Lancaster University)
  • Function and mechanism of accommodation in humans and other primates (together with Dr Judith Burkart and Dr Yvonne Zürcher, Anthropological Institute, UZH)
  • Using agent-based models to predict phonetic accommodation (together with Dr Mary Stevens, Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing, LMU Munich)
  • Perception and recognition of Swiss German dialects
  • Perception of speaker age and geographic origin in Andalusian Spanish
  • Sound change in Zurich German


2013 – 2018

PostDoc researcher, URPP Language and Space, University of Zurich

2010 – 2013 PhD student in Linguistics, Linguististisches Internationales Promotionsprogramm (LIPP), Ludwig Maximilians University Munich
  Thesis: Lautvariation und Lautwandel im andalusischen Spanisch: Prä- und Postaspiration bei /s/ vor stimmlosen Plosiven
(Prof. Dr. Ulrich Detges, Prof. Dr. Jonathan Harrington)
2011 Teaching diploma for Spanish, University of Zurich
2009 – 2010 Research assistant at the Phonetics Laboratory, University of Zurich
Spanish teacher, Kantonsschule Stadelhofen, Zurich
German teacher, scw Sprachschule, Zurich
2003 – 2009 Studies in Spanish Language and Literature, German Linguistics and Geography, University of Zurich
Thesis: La variante [ts] en el español de Sevilla: aspectos fonético-fonológicos y soiolingüísticos de un sonido innovador
(Prof. Dr. Georg Bossong)



Nov 2017 – March 2018
SNSF Scientific Exchange for a research stay at the Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing, LMU Munich
Oct 2012 – July 2013 SNSF fellowship for prospective researchers



International Journals

Ruch, Hanna (2018). Perception of speaker age and speaker origin in a sound change in progress: The case of /s/-aspiration in Andalusian Spanish. Journal of Linguistic Geography 6, 40-55. https://doi.org/10.1017/jlg.2018.4.

Ruch, Hanna (2018). The role of acoustic distance and sociolinguistic knowledge in dialect identification. Frontiers in Psychology 9:818. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00818/full

Ruch, Hanna, Yvonne Zürcher & Judith Burkart (2018). The function and mechanism of vocal accommodation in humans and other primates. Biological Reviews 93, 996-1013http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/brv.12382/full

Ruch, Hanna & Sandra Peters (2016). On the origin of post-aspirated stops: Perception and production of /s/ + voiceless stop sequences in Andalusian Spanish. Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology7(1), 2.

Ruch, Hanna & Jonathan Harrington (2014). Synchronic and diachronic factors in the change from pre-aspiration to post-aspiration in Andalusian Spanish. Journal of Phonetics 45, 12-25.

Conference proceedings

Ruch, Hanna (2015). Vowel convergence and divergence between two Swiss German dialects. In The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (Ed.), Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow. Paper 0404. http://www.icphs2015.info/pdfs/Papers/ICPHS0404.pdf.

Ruch, Hanna (2013). Investigating a gradual metathesis: Phonetic and lexical factors on /s/-aspiration in Andalusian Spanish. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics, Selected Papers from NWAV 41, Article 19. http://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol19/iss2/19.

Ruch, Hanna (2012). Affrication of /st/ in Western Andalusian Spanish: Variation and change from a sociophonetic point of view. In: Calamai, S.; Celata, C. & Ciucci, L. (Eds.): Proceedings of Sociophonetics, at the crossroads of speech variation, processing and communication, Pisa, December 14th-15th, 2010. Pisa: Edizioni della Normale, 61-64. http://edizioni.sns.it/en/downloadable/download/sample/sample_id/17/.

Other activities at the URPP Language and Space

2016 - 2018

Foundation and coordination of Research Group "Accommodation and Social Categorization"

2016 - 2018

Coordination (together with Rik van Gijn) of Language Contact Group

2014 - 2017

PhD and postdoc representative (Mittelbauvertreterin)