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Titia Benders is a Lecturer in Linguistics and Deputy-Director of the Child Language Lab at Macquarie University. She is also a member of the Macquarie University Phonetics Lab, the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) and the Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders (CCD). Benders investigates developing phonological representations at the interface between perception, production, and input. Her main interest is in language acquisition by children between 6 months and 6 years of age, who acquire one or more languages, without or with hearing loss. A second line of research concerns the linguistic and emotional properties of infant-directed speech by parents (i.e., both mothers and fathers). Benders' work has a strong methodological angle, employing techniques from phonetics, developmental and mathematical psychology, as well as recent statistical insights.

Dr. Benders is interested in receiving enquiries from students who want to join the Child Language Lab, the Phonetics Lab, (or both!) as a volunteer or to pursue a Master of Research or Ph.D.

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Projects 2016 2021

Research Output 2009 2019

Hypo-articulation of the four-way voicing contrast in Nepali infant-directed speech

Benders, T., Pokharel, S. & Demuth, K., 27 Feb 2019, In : Language Learning and Development.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Infant-directed Speech

Before the word: acquiring a phoneme inventory

Benders, T. & Altvater-Mackensen, N., 2018, Early word learning. Westermann, G. & Mani, N. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor & Francis, p. 1-14 14 p. (Current issues in developmental psychology).

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Speech Perception
Language Development
Child Language
Equipment and Supplies

Heritage language exposure impacts voice onset time of Dutch–German simultaneous bilingual preschoolers

Stoehr, A., Benders, T., Van Hell, J. G. & Fikkert, P., May 2018, In : Bilingualism. 21, 3, p. 598-617 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Voice Onset Time
Heritage Language

Infants’ sensitivity to rhyme in songs

Hahn, L. E., Benders, T., Snijders, T. M. & Fikkert, P., Aug 2018, In : Infant Behavior and Development. 52, p. 130-139 10 p.

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Production and perception of length contrast in lateral-final rimes

Szalay, T., Benders, T., Cox, F. & Proctor, M., 2018, Proceedings of the 17th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Epps, J., Wolfe, J., Smith, J. & Jones, C. (eds.). Canberra, ACT.: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA), p. 129-132 4 p. (Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Recognition (Psychology)