(Research Scientist)
Phonetics, Linguistics

Academic background

Nadja Kerschhofer-Puhalo studied General and Applied Linguistics and Oriental Philology at the University of Vienna and at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt University Berlin.

In 1992, she received a Teaching Certificate for German as a Foreign Language from the Humboldt University Berlin.

In 1996, she graduated in General and Applied Linguistics at the University of Vienna with a thesis on phonology in second language learning (“Vokalsubstitutionen in der Fremdsprache”).

From 1993 to 1999, she was research assistant at the Chair for German as a Foreign Language at the German Department of the University of Vienna.


Nadja Kerschhofer-Puhalo held lectures at the University of Vienna on second language acquisition and phonetics, general linguistics and classroom communication (1996-1999) and was teaching assistant at the Institute for Oriental Philology (1993-1994).

Since 2010, she is lecturer for general linguistics and phonological disorders at the Pedagogical University of Vienna.

She held lectures in several teacher education programs on second language acquisition, general linguistics, phonetics and phonology.

Throughout her career, she was teaching German as a foreign language to adults, since 2009 with special focus on reading and writing skills.

Current Research

Her scientific interests are in phonetics and phonology, foreign language acquisition with focus on speech perception, and the acquisition of literacy by children and adults.

Her main research field is the description of language-specific speech perception (PhD-project “Vowel perception in second language acquisition”).

In February 2011, she joined the Phonetics Group at the Acoustic Research Institute.

Within the project “Adaptive Audio-Visual Dialect Speech Synthesis” she worked on the acoustic-phonetic and phonological description of two Austrian dialects.