Accession Number:

AD0260558

Title:

THE RECOGNITION OF FRENCH VOWELS BY AMERICAN LISTENERS

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OHIO STATE UNIV RESEARCH FOUNDATION COLUMBUS

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Report Date:

1961-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

This study was concerned with the effect of French accent on the intelligibility of English one-syllable words for Amerillus. tables Technical rept. no. 61 Contract AF 19 6046179 AFCCDD TN 61-42Unclassified report DESCRIPTORS Intelligibility, Communication theory, Language, Stimulation, Sound, Hear ing, Speech transmission, Speech. Open-ended Terms Speech recognition. This study was concerned with the effect of French accent on the intelligibility of English one-syllable words for American listeners. The French accent was artificially created by substituting most nearly equivalent French vowel sounds in English words. O thographic problems of misspelling were eliminated. Listeners were American University students selected from the Central States region of the United States. The results indicate 1 when substitution of sounds occurs because of a French accent, a loss of comprehension is to be expected 2 sounds of one language cannot be presumed to be equivalent to those of another language 3 certain errors can be predicted when the French phonetic pattern is substituted for English an 4 single vowels are less intelligible than diphthongs pronounced as separate sounds. 9author

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