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Wha'dja say?

Scientists find phonetic shortcuts in speech

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5:12pm, April 21, 2010

BALTIMORE — Talk may be cheap, but that doesn’t keep people from budgeting their speech.

When talking casually, people routinely streamline their utterances by dropping segments, syllables and even whole words, researchers reported April 20 at the spring meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Insights into these conversational shortcuts could improve the learning and teaching of second languages. They could also help scientists design better speech recognition programs, which are typically a

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