On the relation of speech to language

  title={On the relation of speech to language},
  author={Alvin M. Liberman and Douglas H. Whalen},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},

The relation between language users' perception and production repertoires

One aim of this program is to test the long-standing assumption, particularly in the sound change literature, that the phonetic variants that a language user finds especially salient or useful in perception are manifested in that individual's productions.

Neural specializations for speech and pitch: moving beyond the dichotomies

  • R. ZatorreJ. Gandour
  • Biology, Psychology
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • 2007
It is argued that moving forward will require the dichotomy argument in favour of a more integrated approach, and there is now extensive evidence that spectral and temporal acoustical properties predict the relative specialization of right and left auditory cortices.

Recognizing speech in a novel accent: the motor theory of speech perception reframed

A novel computational model of how a listener comes to understand the speech of someone speaking the listener’s native language with a foreign accent, which serves as a reference point for the discussion in Part 3, which proposes a dual-stream neuro-linguistic architecture.

The role of imitation in learning to pronounce

Timing patterns and the qualities of speech sounds are two important aspects of pronunciation. It is generally believed that imitation from adult models is the mechanism by which a child replicates

Speech perception and production.

It is concluded that although research focusing on each domain individually has been vital in increasing basic understanding of spoken language processing, the human capacity for speech communication is so complex that gaining a full understanding will not be possible until speech perception and production are conceptually reunited in a joint approach to problems shared by both modes.

9 Speech Production and Perception

The chapter provides an overview of speech production and perception by summarizing research findings and theories in four domains. We describe theories of “phonological competence” in linguistics

Author : Jussi Alho Title : Role of the speech motor system in speech perception

Speech perception refers to a process by which the sounds of language are heard, interpreted and understood. Although this process may seem like a trivial task, the neural mechanisms underlying it

The biological basis of speech: what to infer from talking to the animals.

The author argues that the auditorist's refutation project must demonstrate not just cross-species isomorphisms of behavior but also either a common biological mechanism or common functional organization, as well as respect for the total available evidence which undermines auditorism and bolsters SiS.



When Theories of Speech Meet the Real World

Speech has the corollary advantage that it is managed by a module biologically adapted to circumvent limitations of tongue and ear by automatically coarticulating the constituent gestures and coping with the complex acoustic consequences.

Speech perception as pattern recognition.

  • T. M. Nearey
  • Physics
    The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • 1997
Results from a new perceptual experiment, involving a four-dimensional stimulus continuum and a 10-category/hVC/response set, are shown to be largely compatible with double-weak theory, which accepts that phonological units are modified by context in ways that are important to perception.

On the Immediacy of Phonetic Perception

If, as we believe, language is a specialization all the way down to its roots, then perception of its consonantal elements should be immediately phonetic, not as in the conventional view, a secondary

Phonemic and phonetic factors in adult cross-language speech perception.

Results suggest that the previously observed ontogenetic modification in the perception of non-native phonetic contrasts involves a change in processing strategies rather than a sensorineural loss.

Organization in the Perception of Speech by Young Infants

Evidence is presented that 3- and 4-month-old infants are able to integrate two sounds with different sources and locations to form a coherent speech percept. Synthetic speech patterns were presented

The discrimination of speech sounds within and across phoneme boundaries.

Whether or not, with similar acoustic differences, a listener can better discriminate betweenSounds that lie on opposite sides of a phoneme boundary than he can between sounds that fall within the same phoneme category is examined.

On the Objects of Speech Perception

From both direct-realist and motor-theoretic perspectives, the objects of speech perception are construed as articulatory events. We offer the alternative view that it is the auditory properties of

A Study of the Building Blocks in Speech

Identification of the information‐bearing elements of speech is important in applying recent thinking on information theory to speech communication. One way to study this problem is to select groups