ERIC Number: ED051725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The General Phonetic Characteristics of Languages. Final Report.
This study is comprised of five major sections, each of which focuses on a central linguistic issue germane to the understanding of the general phonetic characteristics of languages. The sections include: (1) a comparative study of terminal consonant releases; (2) the influence of consonants upon contiguous vowels --phase 1: vowel duration; (3) vowel-color of German /E/ sounds; (4) comparative phonetic study of /1/ in American-English, French, German, and Spanish; and (5) the teaching of "clear" versus "dark" /1/ in English, French, German, and Spanish. Detailed description of experimental procedures is accompanied by extensive statistical documentation and analysis largely accompanied by charts, tables, and graphs. The comparative phonetic study of /1/ contains numerous samplings of wide band spectrograms illustrating contrastive articulatory features of German, Spanish, French, and American-English. (RL)
Descriptors: Articulation (Speech), Comparative Analysis, Componential Analysis, Descriptive Linguistics, Distinctive Features (Language), English, French, German, Language Typology, Modern Languages, North American English, Phonetic Analysis, Phonetics, Sound Spectrographs, Spanish, Speech, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Data, Vowels
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of International Studies (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Santa Barbara.