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ERIC Number: ED144366
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
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Some Effects of Bilingualism on Perception. Ohio State University Working Papers on Linguistics, No. 22.
This paper presents the results of an experiment designed to investigate some of the effects of bilingualism on perception. The subjects were Icelandic monolinguals and Icelandic-English bilinguals. The phonetic parameter under investigation was duration. The experiment was designed to test which of the following three hypotheses accurately predict the perceptual responses of bilinguals: (1) the null hypothesis (predicting no interference between the two languages); (2) the awareness hypothesis (predicting more accurate perception in bilinguals); and (3) the confusion hypothesis (predicting less accurate perception in bilinguals). A listening test was administered which consisted of stimuli based on the minimal pair "is" [i:s] and "iss" [is:]. Findings include the following: (1) vowel length is a more salient clue than consonant length in the perception of the quantity opposition; (2) significant support is found for the third hypothesis which predicts confusion in the perception of the bilinguals; and (3) there is a significant difference in the perception of the quantity system of Icelandic between monolingual and bilingual native speakers of the language. (AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Dept. of Linguistics.