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Listening to Words: How Experience Shapes Perception

Professor Jen Hay, University of Canterbury Department of Linguistics

12 October 6.30pm

Lecture theatre C3, University of Canterbury

Individual speakers and listeners know a lot about words. This talk outlines a range of studies highlighting the surprisingly multi-faceted, multimodal nature of listening. How we listen to words is affected by very many factors in addition to the acoustic signal. When individuals listen to words, they can be influenced by what they see, feel and believe. I will present a range of studies supporting the claim that aspects of our daily experiences with words are stored, and that these factors are used for subsequent word identification.

Professor Jen Hay is a member of the University of Canterbury Department of Linguistics, and is Director of the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour. She conducts research on language change, New Zealand English, and speech production and perception. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and was winner of the University of Canterbury 2015 Research Medal.


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12 Oct

Jennifer Hay


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