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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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AusKidTalk: An Australian Children's Speech Corpus

Ahmed, B., Ballard, K. J., Burnham, D. K., Epps, J. R., Cox, F., Sethu, V., Demuth, K., Arciuli, J., Kelly, B., Diskin, C., Benders, T., Beng Lee, C., Ambikairajah, E. & Baker, E.


Project: Research

  • Research Outputs

    Infants segment words from songs— an EEG study

    Snijders, T. M., Benders, T. & Fikkert, P., 2020, In : Brain Sciences. 10, 1, 26 p., 39.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Bilingual preschoolers’ speech is associated with non-native maternal language input

    Stoehr, A., Benders, T., van Hell, J. G. & Fikkert, P., 2019, In : Language Learning and Development. 15, 1, p. 75-100 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

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

    Benders, T., Pokharel, S. & Demuth, K., 2019, In : Language Learning and Development. 15, 3, p. 232-254 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Lingual configuration of Australian English /l/

    Szalay, T., Benders, T., Cox, F. & Proctor, M., 2019, Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Calhoun, S., Escudero, P., Tabain, M. & Warren, P. (eds.). Canberra: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA), p. 2816-2820 5 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution

    Open Access
  • Speech perception and discrimination: from sounds to words

    Junge, C., Boll-Avetisyan, N. & Benders, T., May 2019, International handbook of language acquisition. Horst, J. S. & von Koss Torkildsen, J. (eds.). New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 153-172 20 p. (Routledge International Handbooks).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter