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LINGUIST List 17.1671

Fri Jun 02 2006

Qs: Copyright in Doing a Linguistic Experiment; Accent Judgement Test

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        1.    Shu-ing Shyu, Copyright in Doing a Linguistic Experiment
        2.    Roberto Perez, Accent Judgement Tests

Message 1: Copyright in Doing a Linguistic Experiment
Date: 02-Jun-2006
From: Shu-ing Shyu <shyumail.nsysu.edu.tw>
Subject: Copyright in Doing a Linguistic Experiment

Dear linguists,

We are currently doing a linguistic experiment and would like to ask
sentence judgments of our subjects based on the contents of the stories
with cartoon pictures (shown to them in a PPT file) accompanying the taped
narrations. Our stories are all made-up stories, and we use famous cartoon
pictures like Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Little Mermaid, etc. in the
stories. We are wondering if there is any copyright requirement we should
meet for using the pictures in the experiement.

Thank you very much.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Message 2: Accent Judgement Tests
Date: 02-Jun-2006
From: Roberto Perez <rgp6722mailer.fsu.edu>
Subject: Accent Judgement Tests

Hello everyone,

I am doing research on the perception of accented English (i.e., English
with a local, regional, or foreign accent) by US college students. I would
like to find a standard instrument (or a previous study that used an
instrument) where listeners had to rate a person's speech based on accent
(e.g., how clear it was, it it was associated with a specific social level
or region, if it was a foreign accent, etc.). I'm envisioning something
with Likert scales or maybe semantic differential scales.

In the context of the US, one of my interests is to measure a listener's
perception of whether a given accent is identified as a NS or a NNS
pronunciation; another goal is to measure whether a given accent is
perceived as a Hispanic accent. In both cases, the instrument would ask
listeners the degree to which those accents were considered ''X'' (i.e.,
how heavy of an accent it was).

If you know of any studies/articles in this area, or any scales/instruments
that could be used for accent judgement activities, I'd appreciate hearing
from you.

Best regards,

Roberto Perez

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

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