This article investigates the mechanisms responsible for fast changes in processing foreign-accented speech.

Overall, our results suggest that, despite a lack of improvement in phonetic discrimination, native listeners experience changes at lexical-semantic levels of processing after brief exposure to foreign-accented speech. Moreover, these results suggest that lexical access, semantic integration and linguistic re-analysis processes are permeable to external factors, such as the accent of the speaker.

Processing changes when listening to foreign-accented speech


This article was published in:

  • Romero-Rivas C, Martin CD and Costa A (2015) Processing changes when listening to foreign-accented speech. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 9:167. doi: 10.3389/ fnhum.2015. 00167


In this report the AThEME partners working on research theme ‘Regional Languages’ have provided an overview of grammatical diversity in the minority languages and dialects they are investigating. The report offers an overview of language variation between the minority languages and the majority languages that they are in contact with and defines an agenda for research on the dynamics and effects of language contact and language change.

State of the Art Report on Grammatical Diversity of Regional Languages (pdf)

The main objective of the report is to make available, in a single document, a selection of the most important information about the maintenance of regional bilingualism by the different ‘Regional Languages’ research groups and their language varieties of study: Basque, Dutch, Fiuman, Gallo, Sardinian, Primorska Slovenian and varieties spoken in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. Information deemed relevant to researchers is included in the report, such as number of speakers, community members’ attitudes toward their own language, intergenerational language transmission or international presence of the language.

State of the art report on maintenance of regional bilingualism (version 1.2) (pdf)


This state-of-the-art paper discusses new forms of languages that have emerged in multilingual areas of European cities (these new styles are known as multiethnolects). The paper reviews research from the past decade and explores sociological attitudes towards these language variants and was published as part of Queen Mary Occasional Papers Advancing Linguistics.

Working Paper on Emerging Multiethnic Dialects (pdf)

AThEME is a five-year long EU-funded research project, bringing together world-class linguists from all over Europe. Together, they aim to increase our understanding of what it means to speak multiple languages in Europe today.


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