PD Dr. Marzena Żygis is a senior researcher in the Research Area 1 'Laboratory Phonology'. At ZAS she is also Principal investigator of the DFG project PROSPER - Audio-visual prosody of whispered and semi-whispered speech and of the project GRANITUS - Grammatical tinnitus and its role in the perception of foreign language accent. A comparison of German and Polish, funded by the German-Polish Science Foundation.
She examines the segmental and prosodic level of linguistic representations from phonological and phonetic points of view. She is also interested in linguistic gestures. She is currently investigating the acoustics of whispered language as well as facial expressions and gestures produced during whispering. In addition, she deals with socio-phonetic topics, which are mainly related to German-Polish bilingualism.