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Reply to Pierre Divenyi:
Your comments seem to reflect some kind of emotional reaction to
Deutsch's results rather than a well-reasoned argument. What leads you to
declare her results as in principle uninterpretable? Whenever there is a
reliable pattern of individual differences, that may tell us something
important about the listeners' auditory systems or their perceptual knowledge.
People also differ a great deal in how well they understand speech, and
much has been learned by looking for the origins of these differences in
hearing acuity, language experience, and cognitive processes.