Language Recognition: The Brain As A Complex Pattern Recognition Machine

Language is a complex thing, and is one of the things that make humans human. You may have seen this in your inbox:

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rest can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Or maybe you got that version

Can you read this? Olny srmat poelpe can.   cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

Whatever version you got, you were probably able to read it all without much trouble. I bet your grade school English teacher would have had a fit if you spelled English this way. In any case, these examples show how the human brain can process complex patterns, and recognize them. Here is an article that covers some of the science behind how humans can "parse" the above into valid English.

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I want to say that the one who wrote that article should consider spelling mistakes.