Do human auditory perceptual abilities shape language sound structures? If so, what aspects of phonology may be driven by perception, and how should perceptually driven processes be captured in linguistic theory? These and similar questions have come to the forefront of linguistic research in the past decade because the technology used in speech perception research has become much more widely available and portable and because developments in constraint-based theories of phonology have made it possible to incorporate "perceptual constraints" into linguistic grammars. The "Role of Speech Perception in Phonology" is a collection of authoritative articles on the role of speech perception in phonology by leading phonologists, phoneticians, and cognitive psychologists. It presents a diverse range of views on the linguistic implications of speech perception research. It reports a number of new empirical research findings on speech perception. It provides definitive theoretical positions and contrasting viewpoints. It offers clearly defined implementation options.
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Dr. Elizabeth Hume is currently an associate professor of Linguistics at The Ohio State University. She has also been a visiting research fellow at the University of Utrecht, and a faculty member of the LSA Summer Institute of Linguistics (1993, 2003). Her research in phonology includes work on feature theory, consonant/vowel interaction, metathesis, and the representation of geminate consonants. Keith Johnson (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) has taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, UCLA, Indiana University, and the University of Illinois. He has published papers in the Journal of the Acoustic Society of America, the Journal of Phonetics, and Phonetica, among others. He teaches in the Linguistics Department at The Ohio State University.
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