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ERIC Number: ED012147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Sep
Pages: 20
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A COMPARISON OF SYLLABLE LENGTH CONDITIONING AMONG LANGUAGES.
DELATTRE, PIERRE
A COMPARISON OF ENGLISH, GERMAN, SPANISH, AND FRENCH SYLLABLE-LENGTH DATA SHOWS THAT THE EFFECT OF STRESS AND OF PLACE IN THE SENSE-GROUP VARIES MARKEDLY AMONG THESE LANGUAGES, WHEREAS THE EFFECT OF SYLLABLE TYPE (CLOSED/OPEN) HAS A NEARLY IDENTICAL RATIO IN ALL FOUR. AMONG THE THREE LANGUAGES WITH VARIABLE INTENSITY AND PLACE OF STRESS, THE DIFFERENCES OF LENGTH BETWEEN STRESSED AND UNSTRESSED SYLLABLES ARE ALWAYS THE WIDEST IN ENGLISH, AND THE NARROWEST IN SPANISH, WITH GERMAN INTERMEDIARY. THE SAME CAN BE SAID OF DIFFERENCES OF LENGTH BETWEEN FINAL AND NONFINAL SYLLABLES. VOWEL INTENSITY VARIATIONS CORRELATE WITH SYLLABLE LENGTH VARIATIONS IN ENGLISH, GERMAN, AND SPANISH, BUT NOT IN FRENCH, WHERE THE VOWEL OF A FINAL STRESSED SYLLABLE IS SOMEWHAT LESS INTENSE THAN THAT OF A NONFINAL UNSTRESSED ONE. IN THE THREE LANGUAGES WITH VARIABLE PLACE OF STRESS. FINAL UNSTRESSED SYLLABLES ARE, ON THE AVERAGE, AS LONG AS--BUT LESS LOUD THAN--NONFINAL STRESSED ONES. (STATISTICAL DATA ARE PRESENTED IN 18 TABLES AND ONE FIGURE.) THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE "INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF APPLIED LINGUSTICS IN LANGUAGE TEACHING," VOLUME 4, NUMBER 3, SEPTEMBER 1966. (AUTHOR)
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