ERIC Number: ED171131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Theory and Methods of Contrastive Phonetics.
This paper defines contrastive phonetics and discusses phonetic work in the Jyvaskyla Contrastive Project, the background theory of contrastive analysis, and expansion of the framework of contrastive phonetics. Contrastive phonetics is defined as a method which is used to compare the similarities and differences in the chain of speech communication between two languages, (i.e., similarities and differences in the phonetic processes taking place in the production and perception of speech). It is claimed that traditional contrastive phonology is insufficient to explain many of the difficulties that are met by foreign language students as a result of interference in the phonetic processing of speech. Traditional contrastive analysis must be supplemented by an analysis of the phonetic structures in the native and target language and in the approximative systems of foreign language students. The method of contrastive phonetics involves an empirical analysis of the entire chain of speech communication as employed by speakers of both languages as well as an analysis of the interlanguage--from the viewpoint of both the sender and the receiver of the linguistic message. Experiments with native speakers of English and Finnish speakers of English are reported. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jyvaskyla Univ. (Finland).
Note: Paper presented at the International Colloquium on Contrastive Linguistics and the Science of Translation (3rd, 1978)