ERIC Number: ED328065
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Speech and Language Learning: Non-Linguistic versus Linguistic Processes. Publication B-173.
Pinard, Minola A.
Four studies were conducted in which subjects performed three sets of tasks tapping, in a standard format, progressively refined, non-linguistic processes in speech processing. The studies examined the following: (1) auditory versus phonetic processes in the discrimination of consonants; (2) auditory versus phonetic processes in loudness and pitch judgments; (3) auditory versus phonetic processes in the categorization of consonants; and (4) phonetic processes in the categorization of consonants. Subjects were male and female Canadian francophones of different ages and varying degrees of knowledge of English. The third study gave the clearest results, allowing dichotomization into two separate processes by finding differential patterns of development for two tasks. It was possible to postulate that the processes were linguistic and non-linguistic by finding the expected specific patterns of development, specific patterns of sex by age similarities and differences, differential patterns of correlation between degree of bilingualism and consonant contrasts, and, unexpectedly, a different pattern of performance on one contrast, all according to task. Results are discussed mainly in relation to other experiments on the phonetic mode. A 90-item bibliography and substantial appended materials concerning the design and results of the studies are included. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Laval Univ., Quebec (Quebec). International Center for Research on Bilingualism.