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Mirjam Ernestus

WP 1 Speech perception and production in interaction

Mirjam Ernestus is professor of Psycholinguistics at the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen. She is also a research fellow of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior (also at Radboud University Nijmegen) and university affiliate of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

Mirjams research focuses on the phenomenon that in spontaneous conversations words are often realized only partly (e.g. 'yesterday' may be realized as 'yeshay').  She investigates how speakers produce these reduced words, how native listeners understand them, and why these reduced words form a serious challenge for non-native listeners. Mirjam combines corpus based research with behavioral and electrophysiological experiments and with computational modeling.

Mirjam investigates how second language teaching can be improved such that non-native listeners experience less problems with casual conversations. In addition, her research indicates how the performances of Automatic Speech Recognizers may be improved. Mirjam often visits schools to tell about her research.

As a participating PI, Mirjams contribution to WP1 of Language in Interaction is based on her knowledge of the speech production and the speech comprehension systems.

For more information on Mirjam Ernestus, please visit her personal website