|I research human language understanding. In particular, I am interested in the process by which humans assign meaning to words and phrases. Linguists know that as humans process language we make decisions about the words millisecond by millisecond. For example, when someone pronounces the first syllable of "elephant," the human mind considers and discards words with the same first syllable, such as "eloquent" and "elevator," even before hearing the rest of the word. Given that moment-by-moment decision process, how do humans cope with uncertainty at every stage?||
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