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"How the language you speak guides the way you listen" Public lecture by Professor Anne Cutler, 4 February 2015

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Date: 6 February 2015

The Centre was proud to present Professor Anne Cutler as the first speaker in its Annual Public Lecture series. On the 4 February, Anne spoke on the topic "How the language you speak guides the way you listen" at the Australian National University in Canberra.


Anne presented the results of experiments showing how pre-linguistic infants become attuned to the phonologies of the parents’ languages, and noted how these effects extend into the language perception of adults.


Public interest was overwhelming. The audience of nearly 200 including such language-loving luminaries as Professor Aidan Byrne (Chief Executive Officer of the ARC) and Dr Joseph Pirotta (Deputy High Commissioner at the High Commission of the Republic of Malta).

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University