ERIC Number: ED055476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
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A Psychoacoustic Investigation of Foreignness.
Alford, Bronwyn Lindsay
A study was conducted to investigate and measure the foreignness of ten languages. Forty-five listeners judged the relative foreignness of 2,250 paired utterances, and ordinal scales were made from their judgments. The purpose of the investigation was to determine the feasibility of the development of an auditory, foreign-language aptitude test for specific language aptitudes (especially for conversational foreign language learning). It was found that listeners indeed made very definite and consistent foreignness judgments. The tone languages (Vietnamese and Mandarin) were consistently judged to be the most foreign of the test languages. An examination of related studies revealed a general trend suggesting that auditory, foreign-language aptitude tests and subtests are more accurate predictors of success than written "pencil and paper" tests. (Author)
Descriptors: Aptitude Tests, Auditory Perception, Chinese, Feasibility Studies, Language, Language Instruction, Mandarin Chinese, Masters Theses, Modern Languages, Psychoacoustics, Second Language Learning, Vietnamese
Bronwyn Lindsay Alford, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, Calif.
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Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Washington, DC.
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Note: Master's Thesis