Speech Production and Comprehension

This research group focuses on listeners' ability to understand speech in everyday challenging conditions, including speech perceived in noisy or distracting conditions and speech containing reduced pronunciation variants, hesitations, and disfluencies. The group investigates listeners' abilities to understand their native language and to learn to understand foreign languages, by means of an analysis of large language databases, psycholinguistic experimentation and computational modelling. The group also studies the ways in which speakers flexibly change their speech (e.g., speeding up or clarifying their speech) depending on the needs of the communicative situation and investigates how children and adults learn to convert the speech signal into orthographic representations.

Research projects

Two people having a conversation


The focus of SPRINT is intonation, the modulation of voice pitch. Intonation is essential for communication, as it conveys information that helps listeners make inferences about the intent of the speaker.

Poppetjes die vragen en oplossingen hebben

Dutch morphologically complex words

The goal of this project is to obtain more information about the role of morphology in general and of morpho-phonetic traces in particular in speech processing.

Contact information


Erasmus building

Erasmusplein 1
6525HT Nijmegen
Postal address
Postbus 9103