Resolving ambiguity in speech - The role of neural oscillations for syllable processing

Jour Fixe talk by Antje Strauss on February 1, 2017

Antje Strauss is Bridge Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg and affiliated with the Department of Linguistics.

Recent advances in Cognitive Neuroscience showed that neural oscillations in auditory cortex track the syllable rhythm (~4Hz) in order to achieve speech comprehension. However, up to now it is unclear whether this tracking is an acoustic byproduct or whether it comprises higher-level linguistic processes. In order to investigate the role of neural oscillations for syllable processing, a series of EEG experiments is proposed. Results might be important in the future to improve therapeutic interventions for a variety of clinical populations with linguistic deficits such as dyslexics.