A Fluent Backward Talker This report documents the ability of a man to reverse the order of segments within words, so quickly that the simultaneous translation of forward speech into reversed speech was possible. Transcriptions of recorded backward speech and several processing tasks were used to clarify this man's profile of unusual linguistic skills. ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1982
A Fluent Backward Talker
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Nelson Cowan
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Lewis A. Leavitt
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Dominic W. Massaro
    University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Raymond D. Kent
    Boys Town Institute, Omaha, Nebraska
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   March 01, 1982
A Fluent Backward Talker
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1982, Vol. 25, 48-53. doi:10.1044/jshr.2501.48
History: Received October 2, 1980 , Accepted December 19, 1980
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1982, Vol. 25, 48-53. doi:10.1044/jshr.2501.48
History: Received October 2, 1980; Accepted December 19, 1980

This report documents the ability of a man to reverse the order of segments within words, so quickly that the simultaneous translation of forward speech into reversed speech was possible. Transcriptions of recorded backward speech and several processing tasks were used to clarify this man's profile of unusual linguistic skills. Analyses of the backward speech showed evidence of sensitivity to both phonemic and orthographic representations of the utterances.

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