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Can people discriminate languages they don't know?

Lorch, Marjorie P. and Meara, P. (1995) Can people discriminate languages they don't know? Language Sciences 17 (1), pp. 65-71. ISSN 0388-0001.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0388-0001(95)00003-E

Abstract

Unknown foreign languages occassion instances where the sound stream does not evoke semantic interpretation. Studies of listener performance on tasks devised with such stimuli can shed light on how prelexical auditory-verbal processes are carried out. Monolingual English speaking subjects (N = 16) were asked to discriminate between samples from two unknown foreign language. Performance of subjects was only a small degree above chance, while at the same time giving reliable information about recognition and identification. Results are discussed in light of recent work on unknown voice discrimination and identification.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2011 10:22
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:21
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4154

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