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In order to identify words with sound, I think we use certain aspects of the sound, not all aspect of sound. For example, I think that we can identify words if timbres (units of timbres) and pitch relation between these timbres are identified on the condition that the timbres appear with same weights, and we don't need loudness and duration to identify words. How about in English? What aspect of sound do you need to identify English words?

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  • Some examples, please. – Yosef Baskin May 2 '17 at 13:10
  • It may turn out that there are no features of sound that mark word boundaries in a sentence. It may be that it is simply what phonetic constituents are replaceable with others (ie a word is what can be replaced with a similar but distinct word). – Mitch May 2 '17 at 13:29
  • I know what timbre is in music (somewhat), but how are you using it here? – Laurel May 2 '17 at 14:59
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    You might be getting more into cognitive psychology than English language. – fixer1234 May 2 '17 at 19:26
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    I think you recognize words by knowing a decent enough amount of vocabulary. – developerwjk May 2 '17 at 20:33

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