Psychology | Seminar in Cognitive Psychology
P747 | 3451 | Pisoni D.


Topic: Spoken Word Recognition
In this course we will consider a number of problems dealing with spoken
word recognition.  We are interested in both how words are organized and
stored in the mental lexicon and how they are accessed from the
acoustic-phonetic information in the speech signal.  We will review and
critically analyze Logogen Theory, Autonomous Search Theory, LAFS, Cohort
Theory, TRACE, Neighborhood Activation Model (NAM), SHORTLIST and PARSYN.
Central to our approach is a concern for frequency, density and context
effects in word recognition and the interaction of various knowledge
sources employed in spoken language processing.  We will also consider the
role of "indexical" properties of speech and discuss some recent
investigations of spoken word recognition and voice identification and the
neural mechanisms employed in spoken language processing.
Text: Aitchison, J. Words in the Mind, 2nd ed.  Denes, P.B. & Pinson, E.N.
The Speech Chain, 2nd ed. Pisoni, D.B. Supplemental Course Notes and
Readings for P747.
Requirements: Attend all classes, do all readings and contribute actively
to all class discussions.
Exams: There will be two take-home examinations in this course: A midterm
exam and a final exam.  The midterm will cover all the material from the
first section of the course; the final will cover the material from the
second half of the course although it will also contain questions relevant
to all the material covered in the seminar.  Both exams will consist of
short-answer and essay-type questions based on information in the
lectures, assigned reading materials, and class discussions.  Your final
grade in this course will be based on your performance on the two
take-home exams, two brief research proposals described below as well as
your class participation.
Research Proposals: In addition to the two take-home exams, each student
will be required to write up and submit two brief research proposals on an
interesting and important topic from each section of the course.  One
proposal will be on speech perception and one will be on some aspect of
spoken word recognition, lexical access or spoken language processing.
The proposals may be handed in along with the take-home examinations or at
an earlier point in the semester.