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of Phonetic Sciences
22 (1998), 85-95.
the description of the coarticulation and reduction phenomena the notions of
play an important role. The question is: are the canonical forms of phonemes to
be considered a target? As follows from the functioning of the speech sounds in
a communication, we should answer this question in the negative. The second,
related, question, looks for an explanation of the fact that listeners can
recognize the sounds in connected speech, although these are modified by
coarticulation. Here, the manner in which the first language is acquired,
offers the solution.