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ERIC Number: ED003879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 131
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THE GENERAL PHONETIC CHARACTERISTICS OF LANGUAGES.
DELATTRE, PIERRE
THE PHONETIC FEATURES OF AMERICAN ENGLISH AND OF THE FOREIGN LANGUAGES TAUGHT IN THE UNITED STATES WERE ANALYZED AND DESCRIBED. STUDIES INVOLVED COMPARING ENGLISH TO GERMAN, SPANISH, AND FRENCH ON THE BASES OF VARIOUS PROSODIC, VOCALIC, AND CONSONANT LANGUAGE FEATURES. SPECTROGRAPHIC PATTERNS OF CONTRASTIVE UTTERANCES WERE ANALYZED, SYNTHESIZED, AND TRANSFORMED INTO SOUND BY A SPEECH SYNTHESIZER. THE EXTENT TO WHICH ASSUMED ACOUSTICAL DIFFERENCES PRODUCE APPROPRIATE AUDITORY DIFFERENCES WERE THUS DETERMINED BY LISTENING. IN ADDITION, MOTION PICTURE X-RAYS OF THE UTTERANCES WERE MADE AND STUDIED FRAME-BY-FRAME, BY MEANS OF SPECIAL PROJECTORS, TO DISCOVER THE ARTICULATORY FEATURES THAT CORRELATED WITH THE ACOUSTICAL ONES FOUND BY SPECTROGRAPHIC ANALYSIS AND SYNTHESIS. AS A COMPLEMENT TO THE INSTRUMENTAL RESEARCH, PHONETIC FEATURES OF THE FOUR SUBJECT LANGUAGES WERE INVESTIGATED BY STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, AND RELATED TO SUCH FEATURES AS PHONEME FREQUENCY, PHONEMIC DISTRIBUTION, AND SYLLABLE TYPES. RELATED MATERIAL MAY BE FOUND IN ED 003 878 AND ED 010 231. (LP)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Santa Barbara.
Identifiers: CALIFORNIA; California (Santa Barbara)