Tessa Bent

Tessa Bent

Assistant Professor, Speech and Hearing Sciences

Education

  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2005

Research interests

My work seeks to quantify the consequences of the phonetic variability in speech. I am interested in how listeners adapt to the variability present in the speech signal, how this learning can best be facilitated, and how children develop the ability to accurately and effortlessly perceive highly variable speech signals, including foreign-accented speech.

Representative publications

Perceptual adaptation to non-native speech (2008)
Ann R Bradlow and Tessa Bent
Cognition, 106 (2), 707

The interlanguage speech intelligibility benefit (2003)
Tessa Bent and Ann R Bradlow
The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 114 (3), 1600-1610

The clear speech effect for non-native listeners (2002)
Ann R Bradlow and Tessa Bent
The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 112 (1), 272-284

The influence of sexual orientation on vowel production (L) (2004)
Janet B Pierrehumbert, Tessa Bent, Benjamin Munson, Ann R Bradlow and J Michael Bailey
The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 116 (4), 1905-1908

The influence of linguistic experience on the cognitive processing of pitch in speech and nonspeech sounds (2006)
Tessa Bent, Ann R Bradlow and Beverly A Wright
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human perception and performance, 32 (1), 97

The interlanguage speech intelligibility benefit for native speakers of Mandarin: Production and perception of English word-final voicing contrasts (2008)
Rachel Hayes-Harb, Bruce L Smith, Tessa Bent and Ann R Bradlow
Journal of phonetics, 36 (4), 664-679

Ladies first? Phonology, frequency, and the naming conspiracy (2005)
Saundra K Wright, Jennifer Hay and Tessa Bent
Walter de Gruyter. 43 (3), 531-561

Perception and production of non-native prosodic categories (2005)
Tessa Bent
Unpublished Ph. D. thesis, Department of Linguistics, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL,

Listener adaptation to foreign-accented English (2003)
Ann R Bradlow and Tessa Bent
Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 2881-2884

Segmental errors in different word positions and their effects on intelligibility of non-native speech (2007)
Tessa Bent, Ann R Bradlow and B Smith
Language experience in second language speech learning: In honor of James Emil Flege, 331-347

Children's perception of foreign-accented words (2014)
Tessa Bent
Journal of Child Language, 41 (6), 1334-1355

Production and perception of temporal patterns in native and non-native speech (2008)
Tessa Bent, Ann R Bradlow and Bruce L Smith
Phonetica, 65 (3), 131-147

Production and perception of temporal contrasts in foreign-accented English (2003)
BL Smith, Ann R Bradlow and Tessa Bent
Proc. 15th Int. Congr. Phonet. Sci., Barcelona, 519-522

Multiple routes to the perceptual learning of speech (2008)
Jeremy L Loebach, Tessa Bent and David B Pisoni
The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 124 (1), 552

Perceptual adaptation and intelligibility of multiple talkers for two types of degraded speech (2009)
Tessa Bent, Adam Buchwald and David B Pisoni
The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 126 (5), 2660

Dissertation Committee Service

Author Dissertation Title Committee
Tiede, H. Deductive Systems And Grammars: Proofs as Grammatical Structure (July 1999) Moss, L. (Chair), Barwise, K. J. Benthem, J. F. A. K., McCarty, D. C., Pierce, B. C.