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Sounds and PerceptionNew Philosophical Essays$
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Matthew Nudds and Casey O'Callaghan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282968

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282968.001.0001

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The Motor Theory of Speech Perception 1

The Motor Theory of Speech Perception 1

(p.211) 10 The Motor Theory of Speech Perception1
Sounds and Perception

Christopher Mole (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter has two parts. The first is concerned with the Motor Theory of Speech's explanandum, and shows that it is rather hard to give a precise account of what the Motor Theory is a theory of. The second part of the chapter identifies problems with the explanans: There are difficulties in finding a plausible account of what the content of the Motor Theory is supposed to be. The agenda of both parts is rather negative, and problems will be uncovered rather than solved. In the concluding section, it is suggested where one might look if one wants to solve the Motor Theory's problems, but it is unclear whether the Motor Theory's problems ought to be solved, or whether the whole theory should be abandoned.

Keywords:   speech perception, sounds, Motor Theory, hearing

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