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Language Perception and Production

Speech/language perception is the process by which the sounds of language are heard, interpreted and understood.

Publisher: NPTEL
Language perception and production can be interpreted as someone (an active participant) thinking of something and using words, emphasis and sounds to communicate this idea to another person (a passive participant) who then interprets the idea and understands what the person is saying. This course will guide you through the concepts that surround the study of language perception and production such as perceptual narrowing and speech sounds.
Language Perception and Production
  • Duration

    4-5 Hours
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The first section of this course takes a look at the mental processes that enable the production of speech sounds. You will learn how vowels and consonants are articulated and how speech is translated into thought. You will also study the theories of speech perception and the principles of translational probability.

The next section will discuss the significance of consonants and vowels. You will learn about the structures of the vocal tract and their properties. The areas of the brain responsible for producing speech sound will be identified and you will come to understand how these areas interact together to produce the sound we identify as speech.

The last section introduces feedforward and feedback control systems. You will learn about the two visual pathways known as the ventral stream model and the dorsal stream model, and you will see how these combine to achieve speech production. The seven stages of babbling will be highlighted and the varieties of speech errors in children such as the residual speech error will also be explained. This language perception course will be beneficial to those studying linguistics, or any related courses.

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