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Speech perception without traditional speech cues

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Science  22 May 1981:
Vol. 212, Issue 4497, pp. 947-949
DOI: 10.1126/science.7233191

Abstract

A three-tone sinusoidal replica of a naturally produced utterance was identified by listeners, despite the readily apparent unnatural speech quality of the signal. The time-varying properties of these highly artificial acoustic signals are apparently sufficient to support perception of the linguistic message in the absence of traditional acoustic cues for phonetic segments.