Higher sem. Biling. Sendy Caffarra: How do we comprehend foreign accented speech? Evidence from ERPs

Seminar

Date: Tuesday 20 September 2022

Time: 15.00 – 16.30

Location: On Zoom, see below.

Higher seminar in Bilingualism. Sendy Caffarra, Assistant Professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy) and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University (USA).

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Cross-cultural interactions are progressively increasing in our globalized society. This results in heightened exposure to foreign-accented speech. These modern conversational settings represent unique challenges in mutual understanding and efficient communication. This talk will provide an overview of the cognitive processes involved in foreign-accented speech comprehension, and the manners in which these mechanisms differ from native-accented speech processing. Behavioral and neural correlates (event-related potentials) of foreign accent perception will be described, with a special focus on the lexical, semantic and syntactic domains of language analysis.

 

Bio

Sendy Caffarra is an Assistant Professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy) and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University (USA). She is interested in how our experience shapes our functional brain properties within the language network. Her research interests are at the intersection of cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics, and neuroscience.

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