A cross-linguistic investigation of lexical stress using corpus analyses, behavioural testing and computational modelling [ 2007 - 2008 ]

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Researchers Dr J Arciuli; Dr P Monaghan

Brief description Some languages exhibit variable patterns of emphasis or 'lexical stress' across words ('ZEbra' v 'girAFFE'). This research will provide a more precise understanding of the role of lexical stress in language processing. This will assist educators/clinicians working with normally developing children and those with developmental delays as well as educators/students in second-language learning. It will also lead to improved automatic speech recognition/synthesis - used in commercial applications such as phone banking, edutainment/epistemic computer games and communication devices (speech-to-text dictation systems for those with limited mobility and text-to-speech systems for those unable to speak). Undertaken in collaboration with a high-profile research lab in the UK this project will maintain Australia's competitive edge in cognitive science.

Funding Amount $112,000

Funding Scheme Linkage International

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