Re: Fascinating

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    Dear Chris (and Vincent),

    Vincent Campbell wrote:
    > Hi Everyone,
    > This is a message from Chris Taylor, who's having some problems posting to
    > the list (and getting through to the list administrator), and asked me to
    > forward this:
    > I love this (took ages to type in) -
    > " ... randomising letters in the middle of words [has] little or no
    > effect on the ability of skilled readers to understand the text. This is
    > easy to denmtrasote. In a pubiltacion of New Scnieitst you could
    > ramdinose all the letetrs, keipeng the first two and last two the same,
    > and reibadailty would hadrly be aftcfeed. My ansaylis did not come to
    > much beucase the thoery at the time was for shape and senqeuce
    > retigcionon. Saberi's work sugsegts we may have some pofrweul palrlael
    > prsooscers at work. The resaon for this is suerly that idnetiyfing
    > coentnt by paarllel prseocsing speeds up regnicoiton.
    > We only need the first and last two letetrs to spot chganes in meniang."
    > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    > Chris Taylor (
    > »people»chris
    > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Ye, thi i fascinatin. :-) Man year ag _ sa _ lette writte, a _ jok,
    omittin th las letter o word. A th write sai, yo ca generall figur an
    questionabl wor ou throug contex. _ wonde wha happen whe yo omi bot th
    firs an las letter? To muc informatio los, I gues.

    I an even, thi doe no prov tha readin o wor recognitio i processe i
    paralle. Whil th brai i tot i obviousl _ paralle processo, ther i goo
    evidenc tha muc o cognitio an precognitio i processe seriall. Goo model
    o bot type hav bee constructe tha d th jo an ge th timin righ.



    P. S. Omtg intrnl vwls n sm othr ltrs wthn wds also hs ltl efct n
    rdblty. Th cnsnnts cry mst f th smntc infmtn. Th wrtg sstms f sm lgges
    mk use f ts fct. :-)

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