ERIC Number: ED028434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Feb-1
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Phonetic Symbolism in Adult Native Speakers of English: Three Studies.
Tarte, Robert D.; Barritt, Loren S.
In the three studies reported here, an attempt was made to determine whether adult native speakers of English can agree on the choice of phonetic labels for visually presented geometric figures. It was the purpose of these studies to obtain evidence in support of the "phonetic symbolism" hypothesis. An initial study and two replications were performed with eight adults who spoke only English serving as subjects in each experiment. The subjects agreed about the relationship between vowel sounds and the size of figure regardless of shape. The sound [a] (as in "father") was more often chosen for large figures while [i] (as in "beat") was more often chosen for small. A less striking but discernible trend was observed for the labelling of figures with vowel sounds. It was tentatively concluded that, for English speakers, there does exist unrecognized yet consistent bases for relating sounds and visual stimuli. (Authors/JD)
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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.