Neural bases of accented speech perception

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2015;9 DOI 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00558


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Journal Title: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

ISSN: 1662-5161 (Online)

Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.

Country of publisher: Switzerland

Language of fulltext: English

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Patti eAdank (University College London (UCL))
Helen E Nuttall (University College London (UCL))
Briony eBanks (University of Manchester)
Dan eKennedy-Higgins (University College London (UCL))


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Abstract | Full Text

The recognition of unfamiliar regional and foreign accents represents a challenging task for the speech perception system (Adank, Evans, Stuart-Smith, & Scott, 2009; Floccia, Goslin, Girard, & Konopczynski, 2006). Despite the frequency with which we encounter such accents, the neural mechanisms supporting successful perception of accented speech are poorly understood. Nonetheless, candidate neural substrates involved in processing speech in challenging listening conditions, including accented speech, are beginning to be identified. This review will outline neural bases associated with perception of accented speech in the light of current models of speech perception, and compare these data to brain areas associated with processing other speech distortions. We will subsequently evaluate competing models of speech processing with regards to neural processing of accented speech. See Cristia et al. (2012) for an in-depth overview of behavioural aspects of accent processing.