Impact of linguistic enrichment on the perception of highly-degraded speech

  • Position identifier: ESR4
  • Host partner: UCL

Objectives

This project will, using lipreading alone and lipreading combined with minimal acoustic information, investigate the effects of visual clarity, phonetic composition, syntactic structure, lexical familiarity, degree of predictability from preceding context and word meaning on the recognition of key words and of the gist of the interaction. It will also investigate the effects, on discourse comprehension, of providing various types of contextual ‘top-down’ information to the listener (‘trigger words’).

The ESR will complete a project under the supervision of Dr Patti Adank, Professor Andrew Faulkner and Professor Valerie Hazan, with additional supervision from Prof. Deniz Baskent (UMCG, Netherlands).

This project will be carried out in collaboration with partners at Academisch Ziekenhuis Groningen UMCG (Netherlands), University of Edinburgh (UK), and Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (Spain)