Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Hesitations and clarifications on a model to abandon feedback

Louisa M. Slowiaczek a1
a1 Department of Psychology, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME 04011


Hesitations about accepting whole-heartedly Norris et al.'s suggestion to abandon feedback in speech processing models concern (1) whether accounting for all available data justifies additional layers of complexity in the model and (2) whether characterizing Merge as non- interactive is valid. Spoken word recognition studies support the nature of Merge's lexical level and suggest that phonemes should comprise the prelexical level.