ERIC Number: ED062901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of the Effect of Maturation on Imitative Ability in Second Language Learning: A Psycho-Linguistic Study. An Investigation of Elementary School Students' Ability to Imitate Selected Sound Features of German.
Wipf, Joseph Arnold
In order to gain some insight into the issue of optimum age for second language learning, the experiment described in this report was based on the negative hypothesis that there is no significant difference in the ability of randomly selected subjects, kindergarten through grade six, to imitate critical sounds and sound clusters embedded in words and phrases, word stress, and sentence stress of German. This document provides background information on the issue and reviews related literature; experiment procedures are described and the statistical results, summary, and conclusions are presented. According to the findings, imitative ability increases with grade level, from kindergarten to grade 6. (VM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Regional Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Research Foundation.
Note: Final report, shortened version of a Ph.D. dissertation