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ERIC Number: ED024939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 57
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Intonational Interference in the Speech of Puerto Rican Bilinguals, an Instrumental Study Based on Oral Readings of a Juan Bobo Story.
Nash, Rose
This paper examines three aspects of phonological interference observable in the speech of Puerto Rican bilinguals: (1) segmentation patterns, (2) accentual patterns, and (3) pitch patterns. Ten representative speakers, including nine students and one faculty member, were selected to read a story in the original Spanish and in English translation. One reader had native fluency in English but heavy interference in Spanish. The other nine readers all had native fluency in Spanish with varying degrees of fluency in English: three had native fluency, three had a slight foreign accent, and three had heavy interference. The taped corpus was first subjected to intensive auditory analysis and description. Stresses, melodic curves, and junctures were marked for each speaker in both versions. Instrumental processing of the tape recording yielded graphic stripchart displays of pitch and intensity, from which detailed measurements were made for peak pitches and all pause lengths over .3 seconds. Instrumental data were correlated with the descriptions obtained from auditory analysis, and the various versions of the speakers were then compared. Part I of this document presents the theoretical background for intonation analysis and discusses the relationship between interference and intelligibility. Part II gives the text and procedures used and explains the interferences found. (DO)
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