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James McQueen

WP 1 Speech perception and production in interaction

James McQueen is professor of Learning and Plasticity at Radboud University Nijmegen.  He is a member of the Centre for Cognition in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and a member of the Behavioural Science Institute.  He is an affiliated researcher of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

McQueen’s research focuses on learning and processing in spoken language: How do listeners learn about the sounds and words of their native and non-native languages, and how do they recognise sounds and words?  Questions about speech learning concern not only initial acquisition processes (How are new words integrated into the lexicon? How are novel phonological contrasts learned in a second language?) but also ongoing processes of adaptation (How do listeners tune in to different forms of speech, such as that spoken with a foreign accent?).  Questions about speech processing focus on the problems of continuous speech recognition (How are words recognised in spite of the variability in the speech signal? How is speech segmented into discrete words?).  These questions are answered using behavioural (e.g. reaction time; eye-tracking), neuroscientific (EEG, fMRI) and computational methods.  McQueen takes a multi-disciplinary perspective on psycholinguistics, combining insights from experimental psychology, phonetics, neuroscience and educational science.

McQueen seeks ways in which knowledge about how sounds and words are learned in native and non-native language to improve language education (e.g. second language vocabulary teaching, learning nonnative speech sounds, and literacy education).

McQueen is one of the leaders of WP1.  As a PI in WP1 he contributes expertise in speech processing and perceptual learning.

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