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Misheard lyrics: intro, Professor Andrew Nevins (UCL) - ABBA's 'Super Trouper'

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Published on Feb 22, 2013

In this interactive series of four videos, Professor Andrew Nevins (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) explains how many song lyrics can be misunderstood. This introduction examines ABBA's 'Super Trouper' and draws from analogies of visual illusions, such as inkblot tests. There are three examples following this video that you can click on:
Jimi Hendrix - 'Purple Haze': http://youtu.be/k8gJL3Or_OY
Hall & Oates - 'Everytime You Go Away': http://youtu.be/abWW0BzCg10
'The Star-Spangled Banner': http://youtu.be/uNBKsLUo7_0

While slips of the tongue are well-known, slips of the ear have received far less attention. Professor Nevins has developed a database of 4000 naturally collected examples where the hearer is the source of miscommunication. Looking into recurrent slips reveals that our expectations can bias what we mishear, but within limits: the actual utterance and the misheard message must be phonetically close enough to allow our ears to deceive us.

Further info:
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychlangsci/res...

N.B. We are using excerpts of the ABBA video under UK Fair dealing, which is is for the purposes of non-commercial criticism or review (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_dea...). We acknowledge the writers of the song to be Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, performed by ABBA.

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