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Human beings are currently the only entities that can process language at all well. An understanding of what is known about how they are able to do it is essential, both for its own sake and a a point of contrast with current technological approaches. This topic are covers current theories and models of human language processing drawn from Psychology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, and Psycholinguistics. Since part of the contents is already mentioned under the heading of Theoretical Linguistics and Natural Language Processing, the emphasis is here on Cognitive Science and Psycholinguistics.



Acoustic/phonetic perception

  • Cues, feature detectors
  • Categorical perception
  • Production-oriented theories: analysis by synthesis, motor theory, quantal theory
  • Perception-oriented theories: auditory theory of speech perception, hyper/hypo theory

Lexical recognition

Language acquisition and language development


  1. Altman, G.(ed.) (1990) Cognitive Models of Speech Processing:psycholinguistic and computational perspectives, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
  2. Cohen, P., Morgan, G. and Pollack, M. (eds.) (1990) Intentions in Communication, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
  3. Clark, H.(ed.) (1992) Arenas of Language Use, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
  4. Frauenfelder, U. and Tyler, L. (eds.) (1987) Spoken Word Recognition, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
  5. Garnham, A. (1985) Psycholinguistics: central topics, Routledge, London.
  6. Johnson-Laird, P. and Wason, P.(eds.), Thinking, CUP, Cambridge, England.
  7. Levelt, W. (1989) Speaking: from intention to articulation, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
  8. Lindsay, P.H. & Norman, D.A. (1977) Human Information Processing, Academic Press, New York.
  9. Miller,J., Kent, R. and Atal, B. (eds.) (1991) Speech perception (Vol. 2, Papers in speech communication.), Acoustical Society of America, Woodbury, NY.
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