We depend on language a lot, often taking for granted how speech works.
It only takes one slight hiccup--in either speaking or hearing--for "excuse me while I kiss the sky" to become "excuse me while I kiss this guy."
This is the research zone in which the University of Oregon's Melissa Baese-Berk works. She's an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics, studying speech production and perception.
An example of her work: trying to figure out if Neil Armstrong said "small step for A man."
Dr. Baese-Berk is this month's guest in cUriOus: Research Meets Radio.