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ERIC Number: ED468877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 9
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Same Talker, Different Language: A Replication.
Stockmal, Verna; Bond, Z. S.
This research investigated judgments of language samples produced by bilingual speakers. In the first study, listeners judged whether two language samples produced by bilingual speakers were spoken in the same language or in two different languages. Four bilingual African talkers recorded short passages in Swahili and in their home language (Akan, Haya, Kikuyu, and Luhya). Short sentences or phrases were excerpted from these recordings and assembled as a test recording. The recording contained 32 test items consisting of paired spoken language samples produced by the same talker. Half were same language pairs and half were different language pairs. In the different language pairs, Swahili was always one of the languages. Undergraduate students enrolled in an introduction to linguistics class with no previous experience with African languages served as listeners, judging each test item as containing a same language or different language pair. Overall, listeners made accurate judgments over 70 percent of the time. In the second experiment, listeners made similarity judgments about the same paired language samples. Listeners' evaluations indicated that same language pairs seemed much more similar to them than different language pairs. (Contains 21 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa