Massive Auditory Lexical Decision

How do humans recognize speech? How do factors such as native language, age, and dialect have an effect on the way in which words are recognized? A common concern among people as they get older is age-related decline; in other words, does our cognitive ability decline with age? Ramscar et al. (submitted) show that it may not be the case that older readers are slower due to cognitive decline. Will a similar result be found for listeners when they hear language? Additionally, interactions with speakers of other dialects can be a relatively common occurrence. How is it that there are some dialects that are easy to understand and that other dialects are more difficult to understand? Are there aspects of these dialects that are more difficult to adapt to than others (Clarke & Garrett, 2004)? The Massive Auditory Lexical Decision project seeks to investigate these and other questions regarding spoken language recognition. There are many ways in which answers to these questions can be found, one way is by creating and conducting large studies.

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Team Members

Benjamin V. Tucker, Professor, Department of Linguistics

Funding Support

University of Alberta Killam Research Grant
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council