Sarah Fenwick

Research StudentSarah Fenwick

Research Program: Speech and Language

Thesis Title

The role of visual information on the perceptual assimilation of non-native speech

Research Project

Native speakers of a language are able to effortlessly differentiate between speech sounds that are challenging for a person who does not speak the language. For example, distinguishing between the speech sounds /b/ and /p/, or, the words 'bat' and 'pat' is characteristically unproblematic for native English speakers.

If, however, the same words were presented to a native monolingual Arabic speaker, the task becomes increasingly difficult. Many researchers in the past have provided explanations as to why this difficulty occurs, however, my thesis intends to examine what measures may be implemented in order to aid this perceptual limitation.


  • 2010 - Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Psychology
  • 2009 - Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
  • Dean's Merit List: 2009, 2010


For a full listing of my publications please see my personal publications page.(opens in a new window)

Contact Sarah

Phone +61 2 9772 6560
Location Western Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)
Room 5.G.55