Grant from BA/ Leverhulme to investigate whether you can teach an old ear new tricks

Dr Niko Kargas and Dr Simon Durrant have been awarded £5,500 from the British Academy Leverhulme small research grant scheme to investigate “The effects of acoustic attributes of a native language on auditory processing skills and non-native speech perception in native English and Mandarin Chinese speakers.” By integrating psychology and musicology this project aims to deliver new pedagogical tools (strengthening auditory cue perception crucial for language learning) aligned to current educational practices.

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