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The traditional approach to speech perception has relied on the assumption
that speech is structured in systematic ways and that the linguistic
information encoded in the speech signal can be represented reliably
and economically as a sequence of abstract, linear units. Speech has been
thought to be “basically a sequence of discrete elements” (Licklider 1952:
590), for “in writing we perform the kind of symbolization (…) while in
reading aloud we execute the inverse of this operation: that is, we go from
a discrete symbolization to a continuous acoustic signal” (Halle 1956: 510).
The word feel is traditionally represented as composed of three segments
/f/ /i:/ /l/, sequenced in a linear fashion. It is differentiated from the word
veal /vi:l/ by the feature of voicing, with /f/ being voiceless and /v/ being
voiced. Segmental representations are thus designed to code only the linguistically
significant differences in meaning between minimal pairs of
words in the language (Twaddell 1952).