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Dr. Annie Tremblay researches role native language plays in processing words in new languages

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Research at the University of Kansas is exploring how a person’s native language can influence the way the brain processes auditory words in a second language.

Because cues that signal the beginning and ending of words can differ from language to language, a person’s native language can provide misleading information when learning to segment a second language into words. Dr. Annie Tremblay, an Assistant Professor of Linguistics, is trying to better understand the kinds of cues second language learners listen for when recognizing words in continuous speech. She also is studying how adaptive adult learners are in acquiring these new speech cues. Working with a group of international collaborators in the Netherlands, Korea and France, Tremblay received a three-and-half year, $259,000 National Science Foundation grant for the research. - Full Article



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