Models of speech processing

Michael Grosvald, Martha W. Burton, Steven L. Small

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One of the fundamental questions about language is how listeners map the acoustic signal onto syllables, words, and sentences, resulting in understanding of speech. For normal listeners, this mapping is so effortless that one rarely stops to consider just how it takes place. However, studies of speech have shown that this acoustic signal contains a great deal of underlying complexity. A number of competing models seek to explain how these intricate processes work. Such models have often narrowed the problem to mapping the speech signal onto isolated words, setting aside the complexity of segmenting continuous speech. Continuous speech has presented a significant challenge for many models because of the high variability of the signal and the difficulties involved in resolving the signal into individual words.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Adult Language Disorders
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781317498353
ISBN (Print)9781848726857
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)
  • Medicine(all)
  • Psychology(all)


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