When having a conversation, speakers have an ability to adapt their speech to be more intelligible (e.g., 'clear speech') and listeners can adapt their perceptual processes to the condition (e.g., tuning into an unfamiliar accent).
Goal: This project will investigate whether the adaptations in speech production that talkers make during a conversation are linked to their perceptual adaptation, and how these adaptation abilities change over time as an individual becomes more proficient in a foreign language.
Relevance: The work will directly inform our basic scientific understanding of human speech processing, and have applications for foreign-language training and speech synthesis.
Main host institution: University College London
Second host institution: Universidad del Pais Vasco
Industry partner: Philips Research Laboratories Eindhoven