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Speech and other language issues

Ball, Linden J.; Butler, Laurie T.; Sherman, Susan M.; St Clair-Thompson, Helen


Linden J. Ball

Laurie T. Butler

Helen St Clair-Thompson


In this chapter, we consider how people can perceive and recognise speech. This is harder than you might imagine. Unlike written words which have a space between them, spoken words often run together and, unlike written text, once uttered, the signal disappears. Yet we are able to understand speakers of our own language remarkably efficiently. We discuss some models of spoken word recognition before moving on to consider producing longer strings of speech than single words: sentences. We then move away from speech to consider some other aspects of language such as language and thought, bilingualism, and language and ageing.


Ball, L. J., Butler, L. T., Sherman, S. M., & St Clair-Thompson, H. (2023). Speech and other language issues. In Cognitive Psychology in a Changing World. (1). Taylor & Francis (Routledge).

Online Publication Date Dec 7, 2023
Publication Date Nov 7, 2023
Deposit Date Apr 15, 2024
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Edition 1
Book Title Cognitive Psychology in a Changing World
Chapter Number 8
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