ERIC Number: ED168304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Fusions as a Source of Information on Higher-Order Influences Upon Speech Perception. CUNYForum, No. 4, 1978.
This paper suggests that some features of the syntactic and semantic structure of sentences sometimes influence the phonemic analyses assigned to stretches of speech by the perceptual system. It is argued that the role of higher-order levels of linguistic analysis in speech perception can be productively studied. Theoretical issues appropriate for such study are outlined; the discussion centers on fusion phenomena occurring in speech perception, i.e. when the simultaneous presentation of two or more disparate stimuli causes an observer to perceive some third stimulus different from either of those actually presented. Pilot research confirming the existence of phonological process fusions is reported; these are suggested by existing fusion phenomena, but have not been previously observed. Among the general conclusions is the view that the speech perception system can exploit specifically phonological knowledge and that lexical knowledge appears to play some role in speech perception. Tabular material is appended. (EJS)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Graduate School and Univ. Center. Program in Linguistics.