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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 2017

Research Output 2009 2018

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.

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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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


An evidence accumulation model of acoustic cue weighting in vowel perception

Tillman, G., Benders, T., Brown, S. D. & Ravenzwaaij, D. V. 1 Mar 2017 In : Journal of Phonetics. 61, p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Second language attainment and first language attrition: the case of VOT in immersed Dutch–German late bilinguals

Stoehr, A., Benders, T., van Hell, J. G. & Fikkert, P. Oct 2017 In : Second Language Research. 33, 4, p. 483-518 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Six-month-old infants prefer speech with raised formant frequencies

Benders, T. 2017 In : Infancy. 22, 6, p. 778-789 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle