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Re: THEORY: Parsing spoken language.

From:Grandsire, C.A. <grandsir@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 24, 1999, 8:58
Lars Henrik Mathiesen wrote:
> > > 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. >
It happens to me all the time! Especially when it's a conversation in English (I may be fluent enough in English, it's still a second language for me) and/or when I try to follow two things at the same time (a conversation and the TV, things like that). -- Christophe Grandsire Philips Research Laboratories -- Building WB 145 Prof. Holstlaan 4 5656 AA Eindhoven The Netherlands Phone: +31-40-27-45006 E-mail: