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Speech Perception
Speech perception
James M.Mcqueen

The core process in speech perception is word recognition. If someone tells you Jim chose cucumber-green paper to wrap the present in, the only way you can come to understand this utterance is to map the auditory information in the speech signal onto your stored knowledge about the sound forms of the words of your language. Given that you usually do not know in advance what someone is going to say, and that every talker has an infinity of possible utterances to choose from, the only way you can decode any particular message is to recognize each of the words in that message (since the words do come from a finite set). This may sound trivial and, indeed, spoken word recognition ...

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