Speech and Bilingualism

Speech and Bilingualism

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Our main objective is to explore speech perception and production, their interplay and control, with a specific focus on language interactions in the bilingual mind.

We aim to explore factors impacting speech production and perception in L1 and L2, including contextual properties (e.g., foreign accentedness of the speaker/addressee). We also focus on factors influencing and optimizing L2 speech sound and word learning (e.g., orthography, consciousness, cross-modality interactions). Another line of research targets bilingual language control by exploring L1/L2 language interference in word and sentence perception and production in monolingual and bilingual (switching) modes.

We recently started a large-scale ERC* project investigating the impact of the orthographic system on speech sound and word perception and production across modalities (listening, reading, speaking, typing), languages (opaque and transparent orthographies), and populations (monolinguals and bilinguals with varying reading skills).

* This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 819093).

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In press

Martin, C.D., & Stoehr, A. (In press). In Search of Variables Explaining Individual Differences in Second Language Learning and Processing: A Commentary on “The Neurocognitive Underpinnings of Second Language Processing: Knowledge Gains From the Past and Future Outlook”. Language Learning. Doi:10.1111/lang.12595
Stoehr, A., Jevtović, M., de Bruin, A., & Martin, C.D. (In press). Phonetic and Lexical Crosslinguistic Influence in Early Spanish–Basque–English Trilinguals. Language Learning. Doi:10.1111/lang.12598


Branzi, F.M., Martin, C.D., & Biau, E. (2023). Activating words without language: beta and theta oscillations reflect lexical access and control processes during verbal and non-verbal object recognition tasks. Cerebral Cortex, 33(10), 6228-6240. Doi:10.1093/cercor/bhac499
Coretta, S., Casillas, J.V., Roessig, S., Franke, M., Ahn, B., Al-Hoorie, A.H., Al-Tamimi, J., Alotaibi, N.E., AlShakhori, M.K., Altmiller, R.M., Arantes, P., Athanasopoulou, A., Baese-Berk, M.M., Bailey, G., Sangma, C.B.A., Beier, E.J., Benavides, G (2023). Multidimensional Signals and Analytic Flexibility: Estimating Degrees of Freedom in Human-Speech Analyses. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 6(3). Doi:10.1177/25152459231162567

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