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ERIC Number: ED012442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Apr
Pages: 11
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Reference Count: 0
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A BEHAVIORAL STUDY OF THE SYLLABLE.
BRIERE, EUGENE J.; AND OTHERS
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS WHEN LEARNING OR TEACHING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE IS DETERMINING THE POSSIBILITIES OF PHONEME OVERLAP AND/OR INTERFERENCE BETWEEN THE NATIVE LANGUAGE AND THE TARGET LANGUAGE. ALTHOUGH TRADITIONAL METHODS OF CONTRASTIVE ANALYSIS HAVE RELIED ON MINIMAL PAIRS OF WORDS AND ISOLATING THE PHONEMES OF INITIAL OR FINAL POSITION, THE AUTHOR FEELS THAT A CONTRASTIVE ANALYSIS OF SYLLABLES MIGHT BE MORE INDICATIVE OF THE TYPES OF PROBLEMS THAT LANGUAGE STUDENTS WILL HAVE. TO TEST THIS HYPOTHESIS, AN EXPERIMENT WAS CONDUCTED WITH 25 MONOLINGUAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS. A SERIES OF CHI-SQUARE TESTS WAS MADE TO INVESTIGATE ANY CORRELATION BETWEEN SYLLABLE ASSIGNMENTS MADE BY THE SUBJECTS AND THE VARIABLES OF STRESS, GEMINATION, AND VOICING. RESULTS OF THE EXPERIMENT INDICATED THAT, IN ENGLISH, THE WORD IS USEFUL TO DEFINE THE DISTRIBUTION OF ALLOPHONES, BUT THAT THE SYLLABLE IS A BETTER IDENTIFIER OF PHONEME DISTRIBUTION. (FB)
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Identifiers: California (Los Angeles); UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA