Language research provides interesting opportunities for field-trips to study languages in use around the world. For example, over the past few years our researchers have conducted field work in many different countries including India, China, Hong Kong, Germany, Sweden, Norway and France (Brittany).
In Kolkata we ran experiments at Gokhale College, to look at how differences in the length of consonants and vowels are detected and processed in the brain. We have done this both through EEG experiments and behavioural experiments.
In Trondheim we examined how differences in tonal accent affect the processing of speech, by using reaction time measurements whilst listening to stimuli and by doing an MMN study to tap into automatic processing. We are investigating the lexical representation and processing of word accent in North Germanic.