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A behavioral study of the syllable [microform] / Eugene J. Briere and Others
Bib ID 5186073
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Briere, Eugene J
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1967 
11 p. 
Summary

One of the most important considerations when learning or teaching a foreign language is determining the possibilities of phoneme overlap and/or interference between the native language and the target language. Although traditional methods of contrastive analysis have relied on minimal pairs of words and isolating the phonemes of initial or final position, the author feels that a contrastive analysis of syllables might be more indicative of the types of problems that language students will have. To test this hypothesis, an experiment was conducted with 25 monolingual undergraduate students. A series of chi-square tests was made to investigate any correlation between syllable assignments made by the subjects and the variables of stress, gemination, and voicing. Results of the experiment indicated that, in English, the word is useful to define the distribution of allophones, but that the syllable is a better identifier of phoneme distribution. (fb)

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May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Behavioral Science Research.  |  Contrastive Linguistics.  |  English (Second Language)  |  Phonemics.  |  Phonetics.  |  Second Language Learning.  |  Syllables.  |  California (Los Angeles) University of California
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