Northwestern University

Wed 4:00 PM

Phonatics: Ann Bradlow (Ling)

When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

Where: Cresap Laboratory, 101, 2021 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Irene Sakk   847.491.7020

Group: Linguistics Department

Category: Academic


High variability speech training in and out of the lab

Ann Bradlow
Department of Linguistics

What is the most effective way to improve perception and production of novel speech sounds? In this presentation, I will review the principle behind a particularly effective approach to novel speech sound learning, namely the high variability training approach. I will then present data from two lines of research that have explored this training principle in laboratory-based studies: (1) acquisition of the English /r/-/l/ contrast by Japanese listeners, and (2) perceptual adaptation to foreign-accented English by native speakers of American English. Translation of this basic research to clinics, classrooms, and other real-world settings is the next frontier for this research agenda.

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