1 Potato, 2 Wotatoes, 3 Otatoes: Lexical Access In Australian Languages

This project aims to investigate how listeners use cues from the way speech sounds are produced to break the speech stream into individual, recognisable words.

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Aboriginal community Finke in Northern Territory, Australia.

The project investigates Australian languages that show unusual patterns in the production of speech sounds to generate new knowledge about speech perception and production. Outcomes will include advances in theories of speech processing, informing the development of speech processing systems and contributions to Indigenous cultural maintenance.

Project details


Australian Research Council Discovery Project 2019-2022

Project team

Associate Professor Brett Baker

Research partners

Rikke Bundgaard-Nielsen (Western Sydney University/University of Newcastle)
Mark Harvey (University of Newcastle)
Robert Mailhammer (Western Sydney University)


Associate Professor Brett Baker