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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

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, A., Beng Lee, C., Ambikairajah, E. & Baker, E.


Project: Research

Speech Perception
Appointments and Schedules

Research Outputs 2009 2019

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Infant-directed Speech

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 contributionResearchpeer-review

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 proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

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).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

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