Hans Rutger Bosker

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Hans Rutger Bosker

Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics


How listening to language learners is different from listening to natives

Communication with language learners can be a difficult task due to, for instance, a strong foreign accent and/or illegal grammatical constructions. In this talk, I will discuss how native listeners process speech produced by non-native talkers. How do native listeners cope with phonological deviations and grammatical errors? Also, I will discuss how experience with non-native talkers can change our expectations about non-native speech. For this I will focus on the online processing of temporal characteristics of the speech signal, such as perceived speech rate and disfluencies as a predictive cue to upcoming referents.

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