Understanding Language

Understanding Language

An Information-Processing Analysis of Speech Perception, Reading, and Psycholinguistics

1st Edition - January 1, 1975

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  • Editor: Dominic W. Massaro
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483258287

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Understanding Language: An Information-Processing Analysis of Speech Perception, Reading, and Psycholinguistics focuses on the progress of approaches, principles, and practices involved in speech perception, reading, and psycholinguistics. The selection first offers information on language and information processing, articulatory and acoustic characteristics of speech sounds, and acoustic features in speech perception. Discussions focus on vowel and consonant recognition, production of speech sounds, general acoustic properties and occurrence of speech sounds, vowel phonemes of English, and information, auditory, and visual information processing. The text then examines preperceptual images, processing time, and perceptual units in speech perception, theories of perception, and visual features, preperceptual storage, and processing time in reading. Topics include processing time, visual features, summary of information-processing analysis of speech perception, role of linguistic structure in model building, and preperceptual images and processing time. The manuscript takes a look at an analysis of psychological studies of grammar, word and phrase recognition in speech processing, and linguistic theory and information processing, including psychological function of certain transformation rules, psychological reality of constituent structure, and linguistics and psychology. The selection is a vital source of data for researchers interested in speech perception, reading, and psycholinguistics.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Part I Introduction

    1 Language and Information Processing

    I. Introduction

    II. Information Processing

    III. Auditory Information Processing

    IV. Visual Information Processing

    V. Conclusion


    Part II Speech Perception

    2 Articulatory and Acoustic Characteristics of Speech Sounds

    I. Introduction

    II. Production of Speech Sounds

    III. General Acoustic Properties of Speech Sounds

    IV. Articulation of Speech Sounds

    V. Occurrence of Speech Sounds

    VI. Vowel Phonemes of English

    VII. Coarticulation

    VIII. Consonant Phonemes of English

    IX. Individual Differences

    X. Distinctive Features


    3 Acoustic Features in Speech Perception

    I. Introduction

    II. Primary Recognition

    III. Vowel Recognition

    IV. Consonant Recognition

    V. Conclusion


    4 Preperceptual Images, Processing Time, and Perceptual Units in Speech Perception

    I. Introduction

    II. Primary Recognition

    III. Preperceptual Images and Processing Time

    IV. Perceptual Units

    V. Primary and Secondary Recognition

    VI. Conclusion


    5 Theories of Speech Perception

    I. Introduction

    II. Summary of Information-Processing Analysis of Speech Perception

    III. Descriptions of the Theories

    IV. The Role of Linguistic Structure in Model Building

    V. Summary


    Part III Reading

    6 Visual Features, Preperceptual Storage, and Processing Time in Reading

    I. Introduction

    II. Visual Features

    III. Preperceptual Storage

    IV. Processing Time


    7 Primary and Secondary Recognition in Reading

    I. Introduction

    II. Utilization of Redundancy

    III. Phonological Mediation

    IV. Nonmediated Models of Reading

    V. Mediated Models of Reading


    8 Reading Eye Movements from an Information-Processing Point of View

    I. Introduction: Significance of Reading Eye Movements

    II. Characteristics of Reading Eye Movements

    III. Oculomotor Control During Reading

    IV. Summary and Conclusion


    Part IV Psycholinguistics

    9 Linguistic Theory and Information Processing

    I. Introduction

    II. Linguistics and Psychology

    III. Theories of Grammar

    IV. Semantics and Syntax

    V. Models of the Language User

    VI. Summary


    10 Word and Phrase Recognition in Speech Processing

    I. Introduction

    II. Word Recognition and Context

    III. Acoustic Cues to Grammatical Structure

    IV. Click Localization

    V. Summary


    11 An Analysis of Some Psychological Studies of Grammar: The Role of Generated Abstract Memory

    I. Introduction

    II. The Nature of Short-Term Memory (STM)

    III. The Psychological Reality of Constituent Structure

    IV. The Psychological Function of Certain Transformation Rules

    V. Summary


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 452
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1975
  • Published: January 1, 1975
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483258287

About the Editor

Dominic W. Massaro

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Wisconsin Research and Development Center for Individualized Schooling University of Wisconsin

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