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Terry Gottfried

Lawrence University
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The Psychologist as Speech Scientist: Psychological Lessons from the Study of Speech
Psychology as a discipline concerns 1) fundamental issues of human nature and knowledge, 2) applied issues of human adaptation and change, and 3) issues that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. In this talk, I describe how speech science, as conducted by psychologists, exemplifies these disciplinary concerns. First, speech science research attempts to solve problems in perceptual constancy and the relative influence of nature and nurture. Second, speech science research attempts to answer questions about language learning and pathology. Third, speech science research is necessarily interdisciplinary, embracing both physiological and acoustic explanations, as well as sociolinguistic and cultural analysis.
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