Speech Perception: Chinese Whispers

From: Care, Briony (bjc196@soton.ac.uk)
Date: Fri Mar 07 1997 - 15:19:39 GMT

In relation to the perception of speech, and therefore the perception
of phonemes; is one way of our recognition failing in chinese whispers?
When we can't articulate phonemes (as when we are whispering), would we
infer what they would be in relation to the context of other phonemes
and the sentence meaning, and therefore make wrong inferences? This
would then result in a slightly altered sentance; the failure to
articulate phonemes would continue as the sentance was passed on, and
so the complete meaning and words change. Therefore we would have a
chinese whisper.

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