Maryann Su Lin Tan


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Works at The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism
Telephone 08-16 42 99
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 D
Room D 450
Postal address Institutionen för svenska och flerspråkighet 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am a PhD student at the Centre for Research in Bilingualism. I work on the perception, learning, and adaptation to nonnative speech.


My current project looks at the process of adaptation to foreign accented Swedish by Swedish native listeners. The study will make use of the Perceptual Learning paradigm (cf. Norris, McQueen & Cutler, 2003) to investigate how native listeners learn and adapt to natural accents of L2 speakers.

The perceptual learning paradigm is well established and produces robust and lasting effects to listeners' subsequent categorisation of speech sounds. Most of the work however, has been down using artificially manipulated speech. More recent work (Eisner et al., 2014; Xie et al., 2017) have performed experiments with naturally produced sounds which appear ambiguous to untrained native listeners. My experimental project will build on these prior studies.

I hope this tiny experiment will contribute some additional insight into the bigger question of how humans can so skilfully cope with the inherent variability found in speech.

Last updated: September 11, 2019

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