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LINGUIST List 17.558

Mon Feb 20 2006

Qs: English 'r' Acquisition; Calculating Loudness

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        1.    Eleanor Anderson, English 'r' Acquisition Errors
        2.    Marta Ortega-Llebaria, Calculating Loudness Using a Standard Measure

Message 1: English 'r' Acquisition Errors
Date: 18-Feb-2006
From: Eleanor Anderson <eleanor.andersonyale.edu>
Subject: English 'r' Acquisition Errors

I am looking for information on acquisition of post-vocalic and syllabic r
(primarily by American English speaking children). Most of the sources
I've found describe acquisition in binary terms--at any given point either
the child has acquired the phoneme or s/he has not. What are really relevant
for me though, are the mistakes children make on their way to full mastery.
Does anyone know where I might look for qualitative descriptions of common
errors in r production?


Eleanor Anderson

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Message 2: Calculating Loudness Using a Standard Measure
Date: 18-Feb-2006
From: Marta Ortega-Llebaria <m.ortega-llebariamail.utexas.edu>
Subject: Calculating Loudness Using a Standard Measure

Dear linguists,

I am trying to measure the loudness of vowels with different levels of
prominence using Praat (Boersma and Weenink,
http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat/). I would like to use a standard measure
such as Mark VII, so the results are comparable with those in other papers.
Do you know if this measure is built in Praat? If not, does anyone have a
script that could be used for that purpose?

Thank you for your help,


Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

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