Modularity and the Motor Theory of Speech Perception: Proceedings of a Conference to Honor Alvin M. Liberman

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Psychology Press, 1991 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 463 pages
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A compilation of the proceedings of a conference held to honor Alvin M. Liberman for his outstanding contributions to research in speech perception, this volume deals with two closely related and controversial proposals for which Liberman and his colleagues at Haskins Laboratories have argued forcefully over the past 35 years. The first is that articulatory gestures are the units not only of speech production but also of speech perception; the second is that speech production and perception are not cognitive processes, but rather functions of a special mechanism. This book explores the implications of these proposals not only for speech production and speech perception, but for the neurophysiology of language, language acquisition, higher-level linguistic processing, the visual perception of phonetic gestures, the production and perception of sign language, the reading process, and learning to read. The contributors to this volume include linguists, psycholinguists, speech scientists, neurophysiologists, and ethologists. Liberman himself responds in the final chapter.
 

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Contents

Introduction Speech Perception
1
The Status of Phonetic Gestures
7
Beyond the Segment
25
The Perception of Phonetic Gestures
33
The Gesture as a Unit in Speech Perception Theories
61
Ontogeny of Phonetic Gestures Speech Production
69
The Emergent Gesture
85
The Ontogeny of Speech Perception
91
Around Duplex Perception
261
Whence the Specialization of the Language Hemisphere?
269
Neural Mechanisms of Binaural Fusion
295
Gestural Structures Distinctiveness Phonological Processes and Historical Change
313
Reading and the Biological Function of Linguistic Representations
339
Writing Systems and the Modularity of Language
347
Panel Discussion The Modularity of Speech and Language
359
Modularity and Learning to Read
375

Some Effects of Language Acquisition on Speech Perception
111
Visual Perception of Phonetic Gestures
117
Bimodal Speech Perception and the Motor Theory
139
Brain Function for Language Perspectives From Another Modality
145
Dr Harlan and Mr Lane
171
Panel Discussion The Motor Theory and Alternative Accounts
175
The Compositional Process in Cognition With Applications to Speech Perception
197
Modes of Processing Speech and Nonspeech Signals
225
The Relationship Between Speech Perception and the Perception of Other Sounds
239
The Emergence of Phonological Awareness Comparative Approaches
393
Linguistic Awareness and Metalinguistic Control
413
Panel Discussion Sentence Perception and Sentence Production
423
Summary of the Conference Speech is Special
431
Afterthoughts on Modularity and the Motor Theory
443
Author Index
447
Subject Index
457
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Studdert-Kennedy is past President of Haskins Laboratories and Professor Emeritus of Communications at the City University of New York.

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