ERIC Number: ED057029
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Publication Date: 1971
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The Perception of Language.
Horton, David L., Ed.; Jenkins, James J., Ed.
This report describes the proceedings of a conference that brought together 20 psychologists and psycholinguists to present their particular research interests and to attempt to find communalities of thinking through discussion of "The Perception of Language." One position held that thinking is merely subvocal speech, and that at the base of all languages is a simple set of recursive rules that permit speakers to understand and to generate an infinite set of sentences, most of which they have never heard nor said before. One of the newest, most dramatic and enigmatic phenomena to challenge this traditional viewpoint is the work being done on micromuscular movement and speech synchronism. Armed with a motion camera, researchers have demonstrated that speech and the gestures of both the speakers and the listener are highly coordinated and synchronous. This document is a sampling of the evidence that indicates that an explanation of language demands a new, more powerful theory to explain the many facts that have been accumulated and are continuing to accumulate. (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Auditory Perception, Conferences, Generative Grammar, Language Acquisition, Linguistic Theory, Listening Skills, Psycholinguistics, Reading Skills, Speech, Visual Perception
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Note: Proceedings of a Symposium of the Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh, January 11-12, 1968