(Pierre Divenyi )

From:    Pierre Divenyi  <marva4!pdivenyi(at)UCDAVIS.EDU>
Date:    Wed, 27 Oct 1993 14:42:16 PDT

ucdavis!auditory(at)VM1.MCGILL.CA Reply to Bruno Repp: > 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. Voila the crux of the matter: ALL these things (and probably many more) may provide an interpretation of the results under discussion. Here is my question to you, Bruno: Can you pick any one of the many possible interpretations (mentioned during the exchange or not), and discard all others, on any rational basis? If you can, then do it -- we are listening. If you can't then the results look quite a bit as if they had so far eluded interpretation. OK, I withdraw the "uninterpretable" label, in exchange for "uninterpreted". I hope it will sound also unemotional. Actually, all this is fun, albeit time consuming. Pierre Divenyi

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