Speech perception.

  title={Speech perception.},
  author={Michael Studdert-Kennedy},
  journal={Language and speech},
  volume={23 1},
When you listen to someone speaking you generally focus on understanding their meaning. One famous (in linguistics) way of saying this is that "we speak in order to be heard, in order to be understood" (Jakobson, Fant & Halle, 1952). Our drive, as listeners, to understand the talker leads us to focus on getting the words being said, and not so much on exactly how they are pronounced. But sometimes a pronunciation will jump out at you-somebody says a familiar word in an unfamiliar way and you… CONTINUE READING
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