ERIC Number: ED025760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Sep-1
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Phonetic Symbolism in Adult Native Speakers of English.
Tarte, Robert D.; Barritt, Loren S.
A forced-choice paired-comparison test containing 252 items was presented to eight subjects. Each item consisted of two geometric figures chosen systematically from a sample of four ellipses and four triangles. The subjects (six female and two male adults who spoke only English) were asked to decide which of the two figures went best with a monosyllabic nonsense sound presented on audio tape. The results showed a striking orderliness. There was consistency within and between subjects in their ability to match sounds to figures. The existence of the phenomenon of "phonetic symbolism" in adult native speakers of English was supported. (Author/DO)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Center for Research on Language and Language Behavior.