LINGUIST List 13.2696

Fri Oct 18 2002

Qs: Ling Interview Prompts, Gender Associations

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  1. Simone Ashby, tips for designing phonetically balanced prompts
  2. R.K.A. Bowden, children's gender associations with nouns in English

Message 1: tips for designing phonetically balanced prompts

Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 11:13:44 +0000
From: Simone Ashby <simoneling.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: tips for designing phonetically balanced prompts

Could someone please reference a good guide for designing a set of
phonetically balanced sentence prompts? I'm designing a corpus
collection experiment with Australian-English speakers as subjects. I
am particularly interested in syllable and phoneme durations.
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Message 2: children's gender associations with nouns in English

Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 12:24:08 +0100
From: R.K.A. Bowden <ENG9RKABleeds.ac.uk>
Subject: children's gender associations with nouns in English


Hello ,

I am an undergraduate student at the university of leeds conducting a
study within a module called children's english. I am , to the
bemusement of my supervisor , looking into the idea of wether children
associate gender with ungendered nouns. As a learner of foriegn
langauages i have always been interested inthe way that seeingly un
related nouns can carry gender value. Also how abstarct nouns like the
sea appear to be personified through gender.

I am working with a group of five year old children many of whom speak
english as a second language, and so will be investigating their first
languages too-

If anyione could offer any suggestions or related sites or topics i
would be very greatful,

thankyou in advance!
Rachel Bowden
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