The active use of grammar in speech perception

Merrill Garrett, Thomas Bever, Jerry Fodor

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Judgments of the location of short bursts of noise in sentences were used to reveal perceptual segmentation of sentences. It was assumed that segmentation would correspond to major constituent boundaries. In order to control for correlated variables of pitch and intonation, identical acoustic material was provided with alternate constituent structures. It was found that differences in response to identical strings were predicted by the points of variation in constituent structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-32
Number of pages3
JournalPerception & Psychophysics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1966

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Sensory Systems


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