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Antoine J. Shahin and Mark A. Pitt Alpha activity marking word boundaries mediates speech segmentation European Journal of Neuroscience 36

Version of Record online: 30 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/ejn.12008

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To segment a continuous speech stream into words, the brain must mark when one word ends and the next one begins. The brain elucidates word boundaries by inhibiting neural processes associated with forming word representations. These inhibitory mechanisms are reflected in the enhancement of alpha band activity (8–14 Hz) of the electroencephalogram upon word recognition. The current findings should be taken into account in future theoretical models of spoken language processing.

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