Thursday, January 22, 2015

How the language we speak guides the way we listen

The ARC Centre of excellence for the Dynamics of Language at the Australian National University invites you to this talk:   
  • Wednesday, 4 February 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (AEDT)
  • Lotus Hall, The Australian Centre on China in the World, Building 188, Fellows Lane ANU

Two people who hear exactly the same speech sounds will process them differently depending on what their own native language prepares them to expect.

Professor Anne Cutler from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamic of Language explains how our native languages train us to listen in particular ways and how we ignore or respond to specific speech cues. 

This research is allowing us to predict problems as well as opportunities in second-language acquisition.

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