The Role of Speech Perception in Phonology

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Do human auditory perceptual abilities shape language sound structures? If so, what aspects of phonology may be driven by perception, and how should perceptually driven processes be captured in linguistic theory? These and similar questions have come to the forefront of linguistic research in the past decade because the technology used in speech perception research has become much more widely available and portable and because developments in constraint-based theories of phonology have made it possible to incorporate "perceptual constraints" into linguistic grammars. The Role of Speech Perception in Phonology is a collection of authoritative articles on the role of speech perception in phonology by leading phonologists, phoneticians, and cognitive psychologists.

Key Features
* Presents a diverse range of views on the linguistic implications of speech perception research
* Reports a number of new empirical research findings on speech perception
* Provides definitive theoretical positions and contrasting viewpoints
* Offers clearly defined implementation options

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"The variety of perspectives on the place of speech perception in phonology presented in this volume is impressive. It IS a meeting of the minds, as Lindblom introduced it, a forum where the difficult topic of speech perception in phonology calls for cooperation of phonologists and phoneticians. This volume shows that such cooperation is not only possible but also enjoyable, as both groups of researches realize the need for each other's insights to discuss and understand the perceptual component of the organization of speech and language...It is highly recommended as a valuable contribution to a library of every phonologist, phonetician, and speech scientist."

About the Author:

Dr. Elizabeth Hume is currently an associate professor of Linguistics at The Ohio State University. She has also been a visiting research fellow at the University of Utrecht, and a faculty member of the LSA Summer Institute of Linguistics (1993, 2003). Her research in phonology includes work on feature theory, consonant/vowel interaction, metathesis, and the representation of geminate consonants.

Keith Johnson (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) has taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, UCLA, Indiana University, and the University of Illinois. He has published papers in the Journal of the Acoustic Society of America, the Journal of Phonetics, and Phonetica, among others. He teaches in the Linguistics Department at The Ohio State University.

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