ERIC Number: ED135233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Language Learning Ability in Adults: A Study on the Acquisition of Prosodic and Articulatory Features. Working Papers on Bilingualism, No. 12.
Neufeld, Gerald G.
This paper reports on a study in which twenty young adults were tested for their ability to accurately reproduce the articulatory and prosodic features of three non-Indo-European languages in which they had received instruction. The first of two basic goals of this research was to test, at the purely phonetic level, the "critical period for language learning" hypothesis (Lenneberg, 1967). The second problem was to see if students could acquire the linguistic features associated with "language accent" with no reference to grammar or lexical meaning. Both questions are considered, with special attention to the concrete results of the study and to their implications. The final section of the paper includes a discussion of the acoustic image imprinting theory, which is the basis for the method used to teach phonetic material in this experiment. (Author)
Descriptors: Acoustic Phonetics, Adults, Articulation (Speech), Child Language, Chinese, Distinctive Features (Language), English, Eskimo Aleut Languages, Japanese, Language Proficiency, Language Research, Linguistic Theory, Native Speakers, Phonetics, Phonology, Psycholinguistics, Second Language Learning, Suprasegmentals
Bilingual Education Project, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1V6 (as long as supply lasts)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of the Secretary of State, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. Bilingual Education Project.
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