Michael K. Gottlieb michael.gottlieb at YALE.EDU
Tue Feb 29 00:02:04 UTC 2000

On Mon, 28 Feb 2000, Breland, Mary Beth wrote:

> A sentence such as, 'A boy bounces a basketball.', would be said
> ventriloquilly , 'A doy dounces a dasketdall.'  Yet due to the lack of
> facial muscled movement, the air control, the softening of the attack on the
> liabels, and the fact that it is used in conversation, a listener believes
> that is what is being said.(Also partly because the listener really wants to
> believe the dummy is "talking")

And if the ventriloquist's manipulation of the dummy's lips is good, he
probably gets a little help from the McGurk effect...  I don't suppose
anyone knows of McGurk experiments done with dummies.

Mike Gottlieb

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