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Maryann Tan

Maryann Su Lin Tan

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Works at The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism
Telephone 08-16 42 99
Email maryann.tan@biling.su.se
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 D
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.

Research

My current project looks the process of adaptation to foreign accented Swedish by Swedish native listeners. The study will make use of the Perceptual Learning paradigm (cf. Norris et al, 2003) to investigate how native listeners learn the deviating patterns of pronunciation by an L2 speaker with a distinct accent, and apply what they learned to the recognition of new words.

Of pertinence is how listeners carve up the continuous speech signal into its discretes units. Do we store away the finer detail when we hear a sound or do we immediately decide to sort what is heard into our established categories of speech sounds? (Don't worry you can't make any sense of this unless you're a speech researcher yourself)

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: November 19, 2018

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