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The Comprehension Department undertakes empirical investigation and computational modeling of the understanding of spoken language. Until 2009, the work within the department was largely divided between two research projects: Decoding Continuous Speech, and Phonological Learning for Speech Perception.

From 2009 on, most of the work of the department goes into the project Mechanisms and Representations in Comprehending Speech. This project focuses on core theoretical issues in speech comprehension. For instance, how do episodic memories - such as hearing someone speak in an unfamiliar dialect - influence the speech perception system. Or, how is prior knowledge about one's language (phonotactic probabilities, lexical knowledge, frequent vs. infrequent word combinations) used during perception.

The group also participates in the projects Adaptive Listening and Categories across Language and Cognition.

Last checked 2013-02-22 by Rian Zondervan
Comprehension Department


Street address

Wundtlaan 1
6525 XD Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Mailing address
P.O. Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Phone:  +31-24-3521376
Fax:      +31-24-3521213


Director: Anne Cutler

Secretary: Rian Zondervan


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