Wanted: Language Research Study Participants

Do you get fed up with telephone speech recognition systems because they don't understand you?

Our researchers are currently conducting a language study that seeks to build a system for automatically detecting foreign accented Australian English.

You will receive $35 reimbursement for your travel for participating.

Participant Requirements:

Persons must be aged 18 years or older, and must either:

  • Speak Arabic, Algerian, Egyptian, Syrian, Iraqi, Saudi, or Sudanese at home
  • Be born in Lebanon and speak English with a strong accent
  • Have parents who come from Lebanon and use Arabic as the first language at home


60 minutes.

What you are required to do:

  • Answer some questions
  • Have a 20-minute telephone conversation in English with an anonymous participant.

The experiment is part of a research project into speech production of people whose second language is Australian English. Dr Dominique Estival from The MARCS Institute at Western Sydney University is the head researcher on this project.

All aspects of the study are confidential. You will not be identified from any data collected. Results of the experiment will be reported in journal articles and conference papers, but no individual data will be presented.

When published, the researchers can provide copies of any publications to you.

Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may withdraw from the study at any time; you do not need to give a reason and there will be no consequences in doing so.

Ethics number: H13074.


RSVP below to arrange a day/time


The MARCS Institute at Western Sydney University’s Bankstown Campus

Bullecourt Avenue, Milperra NSW 2214


Please email Mary Joukhador or Dr Dominique Estival.

For further information on this study, please contact Dr Dominique Estival on 02 9772 6596.