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ERIC Number: ED097805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 7
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Des interferences culturelles a surmonter (Overcoming Cultural Interference).
Mueller, Theodore
The English speaker learning French tends to interpret the sound characteristics of the second language according to English conventions. The term "sound characteristics" as used here refers to the phonetic aspects, the rhythm, and the intonation of French. A number of examples are given to support the theory that insufficient knowledge of these characteristics often results in the development of negative attitudes toward French on the part of the learner and in certain learning difficulties. A student who is unaware that vowels are normally quite short and sharp in a French utterance could, for example, easily misinterpret the emotional state of a French speaker. In English, such a style usually indicates that a speaker is somewhat irritated or upset. Differences in the sound characteristics of the students' native language and French should be explained in detail and emphasized by the teacher. (PMP)
Publication Type: Books
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