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Book: The Multimodal Context of Phonological Learning

Chapter: Conclusion: The Keyword is Variability

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.46497


Chapter 9 concludes the book with a summary of the importance of multimodal speech input and the key theme of variability that emerges throughout the chapters in such areas as speechreading ability, the occurrence of perceptual illusions, success of perception training, attitudes toward gestures, and eye gaze behavior. Variability characterizes our speech and should be addressed in the classroom to ease learners’ transition from citation forms to understanding connected speech.

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