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Dr Titia Benders

BA UvA, MA UvA, PhD UvA.

Titia Benders

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Phone : +61 2 9850 4154
email : titia.benders@mq.edu.au

External Address

Department of Linguistics,
Macquarie University

Profile

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 ARC 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 or the Phonetics Lab as a volunteer or to pursue a Master of Research or Ph.D.

Recent Grants Awarded

  • Macquarie University Strategic Infrastructure Scheme (2017) "Mobile eyetracking laboratory." Kruger, J., Boisvert, I., Pachman, M., Kruger, H., Blythe, J., Benders, T., Fang, J., Badcock, N., Brooks, K.R., Caruana, N., Stephen, I., & Mitchison, D. ($132,888)
  • Macquarie University New Staff Grant (2016) "What's a 'banana' without its 'ba'? Or: Do toddlers' word production errors have a counterpart in word learning?" Benders, T. ($14,821)
  • Macquarie University Strategic Infrastructure Scheme Grant (2016) "Future proofing Macquarie’s Speech Perception Laboratory." Benders, T., Demuth, K., Cox, F., Sharma, M., Tsukuda, K., Proctor, M., Szakay, A., Yuen, I., Xu, N., Schmidt, E., Koring, L., Ma, W., & Kung, C. ($136,000)
  • Keats Endowment Fund Grant (2015) "Speech perception in the linear ballistic accumulator model." Benders, T. ($9,276)
  • AVT Anela Dissertatieprijs (2014) Best linguistic dissertation in The Netherlands for 2013 (€1,000) Benders, T. ($1,500)
  • Institute for Language and Literary Studies (2011) Recognition of teaching and further development of the course Spraak (Phonetics) (€1,000) Benders, T. ($1,500)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Benders, T. (In Press). Before the word: Acquiring a phonemic inventory. In N. Mani & G. Westermann (Eds.), Early Word Learning in Developmental Psychology (1st ed.). UK: Psychology Press.
  • McMurray, B., & Benders, T. (2014). Speech perception and categorization (development of). In B.J. Brooks & V.K. Kempe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Language Development (pp. 576-580). New York, USA: Sage Publications.
  • Escudero, P., & Benders, T. (2010). Phonetic and phonological approaches to early word recognition. In M. Everaert, T. Lentz, H. de Mulder, O. Nilsen, & A. Zondervan (Eds.), The Linguistic Enterprise: Psychological Reality and Theoretical Validity (pp. 55-78). Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins.

Periodicals

  • Benders, T. (2017). Six-month-old infants prefer speech with raised formant frequencies. The Official Journal of the International Society of Infant Studies, 22(6), 778-789. doi:10.1111/infa.12190
  • Stoehr, A., Benders, T., Van Hell, J.G., & Fikkert, P. (In Press). Heritage language exposure impacts voice onset time of Dutch-German simultaneous bilingual preschoolers. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. doi:10.1017/S1366728917000116
  • Stoehr, A., Benders, T., Van Hell, J.G., & Fikkert, P. (2017). Second language attainment and first language attrition: The case of VOT in immersed Dutch-German late bilinguals. Second Language Research, 33(4), 483-518. doi:10.1177%2F0267658317704261
  • Tillman, G., Benders, T., Brown, S.D., & van Ravenzwaaij, D. (2017). An evidence accumulation model of acoustic cue weighing in vowel perception. Journal of Phonetics, 61, 1-12. doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2016.12.001
  • Lammertink, I., Casillas, M., Benders, T., Post, B., & Fikkert, P. (2015). Dutch and English toddlers' use of linguistic cues in predicting upcoming turn transitions. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 495. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00495
  • Wanrooij, K., Boersma, P., & Benders, T. (2015). Observed effects of “distributional learning” may not relate to the number of peaks. A test of “dispersion” as a confounding factor. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1341. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01341
  • Benders, T. (2013). Mommy is only happy! Dutch mothers enhance affect in infant-directed speech, not didactic intent. Infant Behavior and Development, 36, 847-962.
  • Benders, T., Escudero, P., & Sjerps, M.J. (2012). The interrelation between acoustic context effects and available response categories in speech sound categorisation. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 131(4), 2079-3087.
  • Lipski, S., Escudero, P., & Benders, T. (2012). Language experience modulates weighting of acoustic cues for vowel perception: An event-related potential study. Psychophysiology, 49, 638-650.
  • Escudero, P., Benders, T., & Wanrooij, K. (2011). Enhanced vowel distributions facilitate adult L2 learning. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 130(4), EL206-EL212.

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Benders, T. (2016). Emotion-related explanations of the vowel variability in infant-directed speech. In C. Carignan, & M.D. Tyler (Eds.), Proceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science & Technology (pp. 233-236). Parramatta, Australia: Australasian Speech Science & Technology Assoc.
  • Szalay, T., Benders, T., Cox, F., & Proctor, M. (2016). Disambiguation of Australian English vowels. In C. Carignan, & M.D. Tyler (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (pp. 73-76). Sydney: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Assoc.
  • Woolard, A.J., Benders, T., Campbell, L.E., Karayanidis, F., Mattes, J., Murphy, V.E., Whalen, O., & Lane, A.E. (2016). Exploring the association of infant temperament on maternal fundamental frequency contours. In C. Carignan, & M.D. Tyler (Eds.), Proceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (pp. 229-232). Canberra, ACT: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Assoc.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Benders, T. (2017, April). Phonological competition effects for known words: Evidence from Dutch 18-month-olds. Paper presented at the Developing Lexicon: Representations and Processing Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Benders, T. (2016, December). Chair of "Building solid foundations: How different environments impact children's learning and lives". Colloquium at the Macquarie Minds Showcase, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Liu, S., Benders, T., & Cox, F. (2016, December). The effect of vowel duration on native Mandarin listeners' perceptions of Australian English vowel. Poster session presented at the 16th Speech Science and Technology Conference, Western Sydney University, Sydney.
  • Pokharel, S., Benders, T., & Demuth, K. (2016, December). Voicing contrasts in Nepali infant-directed speech. Poster session presented at the 16th Speech Science and Technology Conference, Western Sydney University, Sydney.
  • Benders, T. (2016, May). Infant-directed speech. Presentation given at the Pregnancy, Baby and Children's Expo, Sydney.
  • Snijders, T.M., Benders, T., & Fikkert, P. (2016, May). Songs for early word segmentation. Paper presented at the CCD Developing Mind Series: Developmental Perspectives on Language Processing Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Benders, T., Fletcher, R., & St. George, J. (2016, April). High variability in infant-directed speech by fathers. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Melbourne.
  • Benders, T. (2015, November). Affect in infant-directed speech: New approaches and future directions. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Benders, T. (2015, November). Infant-directed speech by fathers: Acoustic determinants of the moderate emotional message. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Benders, T., Snijders, T., & Fikkert, P. (2015, September). Songs for early word learning: An electrophysiological study. Paper presented at the Workshop on Infant Speech Perception (WISP): Phonological and Lexical Development, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Benders, T. (2014, July). Positive affect in infant-directed speech: Expressed through and recognised from the vowels? Paper presented at the XIX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Berlin, Germany.
  • Junge, C., Benders, T., & Levelt, C. (2014, July). Phonological competition effects for known words: Evidence from Dutch 18-month-olds. Paper presented at the XIX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Berlin, Germany.
  • Junge, C., Benders, T., & Levelt, C. (2014, July). Phonological competition effects for known words: Evidence from Dutch 18-month-olds. Paper presented at the 13th International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Benders, T. (2014, April). Infant-directed speech sounds smiled, and infants like that. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Brisbane.
  • Benders, T., & Boersma, P. (2013, November). Learning from multiple acoustic cues for phoneme acquisition: Infants' input, infants' perception, and neural network simulations. Paper presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), Boston, USA.
  • Benders, T. (2013, October). How babies learn language from the way we talk to them. Invited presentation given at the School of Psychology, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle.
  • Benders, T. (2013, September). Infants and models associate phonemes with multiple cues. But what about the abstractness of the representations? Invited presentation given at the Modelling Meets Infant Studies in Language Acquisition Workshop, Lorentz Center, Leiden, Netherlands.
  • Benders, T. (2013, June). Positive affect in infant-directed speech: Expressed through and recognised from the vowels? Paper presented at the Workshop on Infant Language Development, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.
  • Benders, T., & Mandell, D. (2013, June). Phonetics-phonology mapping in perception and production: Evidence from Dutch toddlers' /A/ and /a:/. Paper presented at the International Child Phonology Conference, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • Junge, C., Benders, T., & Levelt, C. (2013, June). Phonological competition effects for known words: Evidence from Dutch 18-month-olds. Paper presented at the Workshop on Infant Language Development, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.
  • Junge, C., Benders, T., & Levelt, C. (2013, June). Phonological competition effects for known words: Evidence from Dutch 18-month-olds. Paper presented at the International Child Phonology Conference, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • Junge, C., Benders, T., & Levelt, C. (2013, June). Phonological competition effects for known words: Evidence from Dutch 18-month-olds. Paper presented at the 12th International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Benders, T., & Boersma, P. (2013, April). Learning from multiple acoustic cues for phoneme acquisition: Infants' input, infants' perception, and neural network simulations. Paper presented at the Society for the Research for Child Development Biennial Meeting, Seattle, USA.
  • Benders, T., & Mandell, D.J. (2011, April). The integration of acoustic dimensions in infants' phoneme perception: Introducing and testing a paradigm. Poster session presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Biennial Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
  • Benders, T., & Mandell, D.J. (2011, April). The integration of acoustic dimensions in infants' phoneme perception: Introducing and testing a paradigm. Poster session presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Biennial Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
  • Benders, T. (2011, January). Representing sociophonetic knowledge in the bidirectional model of phonetics and phonology. Paper presented at the 8th Old World Conference in Phonology, Marrakech, Morocco.

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