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Catherine T. Best
Cathi Best
Haskins Laboratories
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New Haven, CT 06511

phone (University of W. Sydney):
+61 2 9772-6760


Senior Scientist, Haskins Laboratories
Chair in Psycholinguistic Research, MARCS Auditory Laboratories, University of Western Sydney
PI, A-78: Early Ontogeny of Attunement to the Language Environment

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Representative Publications

Antoniou, M., Best C. T., Tyler M. D., & Kroos C. (2010). Language context elicits native-like stop voicing in early bilinguals' productions in both L1 and L2. Journal of Phonetics, 38, 640-653. Download: Antoniou, Best, Tyler & Kroos 2010 JPhon.pdf (571.54 KB)

Best, C. T., & Hallé P. A. (2009). Listeners' revelations about the phonetic bases for phonological distinctions: Perception of voicing in non-native lateral onsets differing in gestural organization. | Auth: C.T.Best, P.A.Hallé. Journal of Phonetics,.

Best, C., & Hallé P. (2007). Dental-to-velar perceptual assimilation: A cross-linguistic study of the perception of dental stop+/l/ clusters. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 121, 2899-2914.

Best, C., & Tyler M. (2007). Nonnative and second-language speech perception: Commonalities and complementarities (BohnO-S., MunroM., Ed.). Language Experience in Second language Speech Learning. In honor of James Emil Flege Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 13-34.

[Anonymous] (2006). Papers in Laboratory Phonology 8: Varieties of Phonological Competence (GoldsteinL., D. W., BestC., Ed.). , Berlin

Brancazio, L., Best C., & Fowler C. (2006). Visual influences on perception of speech and nonspeech vocal-tract events. Language and Speech, 49, 21-53.

G., Ramsay, P. Rubin, & C. Best (2005). Acoustic eigenmodes and formant-cavity affiliations for the time-varying vocal tract. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 117, 2544.

Hallé, P., Chang Y. - C., & Best C. (2004). Identification and discrimination of Mandarin Chinese tones by Chinese versus French. Journal of Phonetics.

Best, C., & McRoberts G. (2003).  Infant perception of nonnative consonant contrasts that adults assimilate in different ways. Language & Speech, 46, 183-216.

Best, C. (2003). Peeling back the layers of time: Integrating developmental, experiential, and stimulus time in speech perception. Journal of Phonetics, 31, 613-618.

Best, C. T., Hallé P. A., Bohn O. - S., & Faber A. (2003). Cross-language perception of nonnative vowels: Phonological and phonetic effects of listeners' native languages. International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 15, 2889-2892.

Best, C. T., Traill A., Carter A., Harrison K. D., & Faber A. (2003). !Xóõ click perception by English, Isizulu , and Sesotho listeners. International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 15, 853-856.

Hallé, P. A., Best C. T., & Bachrach A. (2003). Perception of /dl/ and /tl/ clusters: A cross-linguistic perceptual study with French and Israeli listeners. International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 15, 2893-2896.

Best, C. (2002). Revealing the mother tongue's nurturing effects on the infant ear. Infant Behavior & Development, 25, 134-139.

Singh, L., Morgan J. L., & Best C. (2002). Infants' listening preferences: Baby talk or happy talk? Infancy, 3, 365-394.

Best, C., McRoberts G., & Goodell E. (2001). American listeners' perception of nonnative consonant contrasts varying in perceptual assimilation to English phonology. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 1097, 775-794.