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Prof. Dr. Christian Fiebach. Vowel length perception in German: Development and Relation to Phonological Processing Abilities.
 
Date: May 07, 2014

What: Vowel length perception in German: Development and Relation to Phonological Processing Abilities.

Where: BCBL auditorium

Who: Prof. Dr. Christian Fiebach. Professor for Neurocognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Goethe Universität Frankfurt.

When: 16:30 noon


In this informal talk, I will present ongoing work from our group in which we investigate the role of vowel length perception in reading development. In German, vowel length is important for decoding word meaning. We utilize the mismatch negativity (MMN) component of the ERP to examine vowel length discrimination. Vowel length differences are based on both temporal and spectral differences in the speech signal. In the present study, we compare this natural (phonological) difference to artificially constructed, purely temporal or purely spectral vowel length differences. We observe qualitative differences in vowel length processing between adults and 9-10 year old children. Furthermore, MMN amplitude correlates with performance measures of phonological processing, which may provide a link to reading development.