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Old 05-14-2011, 12:38 AM   #1
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Can you believe what you see you hear?

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Old 05-15-2011, 02:38 PM   #2
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Sort of interesting. But in the demo, contrary to what the narrator says, it's not a "b" that is being pronounced, but rather a strongly articulated unaspirated "p". This is not a sound that occurs initially in English (it does occur after initial "s" in words like "spell"), which may be important to the illusion. You hear a sound that is ambiguous -- it's a little like several consonants pronounced with the lips, but not quite like any English sound, and so you need the visual cue to identify which English sound is intended. I wonder whether a Hindi speaker would get the illusion, since Hindi has both aspirated and unaspirated "p" phonemes.
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:59 PM   #3
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GregLee's explanation notwithstanding, all I can say is "That is so cool!"
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:41 AM   #4
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That is bucking amazing!
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