Thursday, March 11, 2010
Phonemic segmentation in speech perception -- what's the evidence?
Or this overly simplified cartoon from Hickok 2009:
So here's the question, what exactly is the evidence that we access segmental information in perception? Do we even need phonemes for speech perception? Why?
Let me play devil's advocate and claim that we don't extract or represent phonemes at all in speech perception (production is a different story). We do it all with syllables.
Convince me that I'm wrong.
Hickok, G. & Poeppel, D. (2007). The cortical organization of speech processing. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 8, 393-402
Hickok, G. (2009). The functional neuroanatomy of language. Physics of Life Reviews, 6, 121-143.