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Understanding Language - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124783508, 9781483258287

Understanding Language

1st Edition

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

Editor: Dominic W. Massaro
eBook ISBN: 9781483258287
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1975
Page Count: 452
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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


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About the Editor

Dominic W. Massaro

Affiliations and Expertise

Wisconsin Research and Development Center for Individualized Schooling University of Wisconsin

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