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The Theory of Hearing

Naturevolume 113pages781782 (1924) | Download Citation



PROF. E. W. SCRIPTURE, in his letter to NATURE of April 26, repeats the criticisms of the resonance theory of hearing put forward by him in his letter to the Lancet of November 4, 1922. Prof. Scripture is an authority on phonetics, and his work on the analysis of the speech curves of vowel sounds is of great interest. As to whether he has succeeded in confuting Helmholtz's theory of vowel sounds and establishing the older theory of Willis it is not my province to discuss. I am concerned merely with his deduction that the perception of vowel sounds by the human ear is incompatible with the resonance view of the mechanism of the cochlea.

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