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How Strict is the Mother Tongue? Using Dialects to Probe Early Speech Perception and Word Recognition. [ 2007-01-01 - 2011-12-31 ]

Research Grant

[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP0772441]

Researchers: Catherine Best (Chief Investigator) ,  Dr Christine Kitamura (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Gerard Docherty (Partner Investigator) ,  Prof William Labov (Partner Investigator)

Brief description How Strict is the Mother Tongue? Using Dialects to Probe Early Speech Perception and Word Recognition. This project will 1)advance knowledge of toddler word representations and their developmental precursors; 2) contribute to theories of phonological vs phonetic properties of spoken language; 3) explain how experience with the ambient language shapes children's phonological and lexical development. Moreover, the findings will 4) offer crucial new insights into sources of developmental disorders (language delay, dyslexia) leading to improved early diagnosis and treatment; 5) bear on issues of second language learning; and by understanding the process by which young learners handle dialect variability, 6) provide insights into how automatic speech recognition systems can be made more robust to dialectal and foreign accent differences.\r\n\r\n\r\n

Funding Amount $511,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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