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On consonants, vowels, chicken and eggs

Luca Bonatti

Tuesday, February 06, 2007, 12:00pm - 07:00pm

Laboratory of Cognitive Development, SISSA/ISAS, Trieste, Italy and University of Paris VIII at St. Denis France

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I revise evidence suggesting that several learning mechanisms are active when a speech signal is analyzed, dedicated to extract extract words or rules from the speech stream. In particular, I will show that learners are sensitive to the fact that vowels and consonants tend to encode different types of information, always related to word or rule extraction. I will argue that the data I will present cannot be accounted for by nonlinguistic, general-purpose statistically-driven computations.

Luca Bonatti