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ERIC Number: ED013024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Dec
Pages: 9
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AN EXPERIMENT IN A PRONUNCIATION PROBLEM.
ROLAND, LYN
A GROUP OF 136 STUDENTS IN GERMAN ONE, TWO, AND THREE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY PARTICIPATED IN AN EXPERIMENT IN WHICH TESTS WERE MADE OF THEIR PRONUNCIATION OF INITIAL GERMAN "S" CLUSTERS (THOSE WHICH ARE SPELLED "S--" AND THOSE SPELLED "SCH--"). THIS PARTICULAR PRONUNCIATION PROBLEM WAS SELECTED BECAUSE THE GERMAN AND ENGLISH SOUNDS ARE UNIFORMLY OPPOSITE. THE STUDENTS WERE GIVEN A LIST OF 60 GERMAN WORDS TO RECORD ON TAPE, AND IT WAS EXPECTED THAT FOUR POSSIBLE TYPES OF PRONUNCIATION ERRORS WOULD RESULT. HOWEVER, NONE OF THESE ERRORS TOOK PLACE. THE TAPES SHOWED THAT STUDENTS OF ALL THREE SEMESTERS MADE ROUGHLY THE SAME ERRORS, AND THAT NO SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF LEARNING TAKES PLACE BETWEEN GERMAN ONE, TWO, AND THREE. THE CONCLUSIONS INDICATED THAT THE LEARNING OF PHONETICS SHOULD TAKE PLACE DURING THE FIRST CONTACT HOURS IN GERMAN ONE, AND THAT IT IS POSSIBLE THAT A COMPLETELY NEW FOREIGN SOUND IS MORE EASILY LEARNED THAN A FAMILIAR ONE IN A NEW CONFIGURATION. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE "INTERNATIONAL REV. OF APPLIED LINGUISTICS IN LANGUAGE TEACHING," VOLUME 4, NUMBER 4, DECEMBER 1966, PAGES 255-259. (AS)
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