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THEORY: Parsing spoken language.

From:Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 24, 1999, 8:16
> Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 02:38:16 -0500 > From: Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
> When I see "there car", my brain thinks "in/to that place", and then has > to back up when it hits "car" to figure out what other entry it could > mean, while when it hears /DIr kAr/, it already holds all the possible > meanings, and eliminates nonsensical ones. Or something like that.
Have you ever had the experience where you're talking to someone, and they say a phrase that sounds like pure gibberish --- you start asking for clarification, but suddenly while you're speaking the other person's phrase 'clicks' in your mind and is perfectly understandable. I take stuff like that as informal evidence that there's some sort of very short term phonological memory in our brain, and a sort of pattern matching device that tries to make sense of it. Normally it works too fast for us to notice. Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked)