The underlying structures of sentences are the primary units of immediate speech processing

Thomas G Bever, J. R. Lackner, R. Kirk

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Two studies of the subjective location of clicks in spoken sentences indicate: (1) within-clause phrase structure boundaries do not significantly affect the segmentation of spoken sentences; (2) divisions between underlying structure sentences determine segmentation even in the absence of corresponding explicit clause divisions in the surface phrase structure. These results support a model of speech processing according to which listeners actively segment and organize spoken sequences into potential underlying syntactic structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-234
Number of pages10
JournalPerception and Psychophysics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1969
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems

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