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Decoding 'noisy' language in daily life: Study shows how people rationally interpret linguistic input

from Medical Xpress

A new study by MIT researchers indicates that when we process language, we often make these kinds of mental edits. Moreover, it suggests that we seem to use specific strategies for making sense of confusing information — the "noise" interfering with the signal conveyed in language, as researchers think of it. "Even at the sentence level of language, there is a potential loss of information over a noisy channel," says Edward Gibson, a professor in MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. more


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