Environmental Sounds and Language

Contrasting linguistic and non-linguistic processing has been of interest to many researchers with different scientific, theoretical or clinical questions. Environmental sounds share quite a few perceptual and informational features with language thus making them useful in exploring possible links between verbal and nonverbal auditory processing. However, previous work on this type of comparative analysis and experimentation has been limited. In particular, little is known about the differences and similarities between the perceptual, cognitive and neural processing of nonverbal environmental sounds compared to speech sounds. We developed a new online measure with the aim of contrasting verbal and nonverbal processing in the auditory modality, that can be administered to subjects from different clinical, neurological, or socio-cultural groups.

On this website we provide more information on this project in which we aim to contrast environmental sound and language processing by using carefully normed stimuli sets and matched task parameters.

  • Get information and download the stimuli and scripts

  • List of references that use the experimental design and/or stimuli

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