How do we recognise words when someone speaks?- Children's lecture

When you listen to someone talking to you, you think that you can hear all the words one by one. It seems as if there are pauses between the words - just like you leave an empty space after writing each word. In reality, however, all the words are stuck together in non-stop sound, asthoughyouarewritingwordswithoutspaces. Nevertheless, you usually don’t have any trouble understanding what’s being said.

In this children's lecture you’ll find out how you manage to recognize separate words in speech without pauses. You’ll be put to work yourself, for example by doing a short experiment where you have to try to spot real words in longer stretches of sound. James McQueen will show you that speech recognition is a really amazing language ability, one that you probably never realized you had.

By James McQueen, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University

11:30 - 12:00

10 years and over

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