Navigation Links
Second Language Comes Faster When Taught in Own Accent
Date:2/19/2010

Finding of particular relevance in multinational communities, researchers say

FRIDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Learning a foreign language is easier if it's taught in the accent of the listener, a new study finds.

In most cases, second languages are taught to adults in the "original" accent of the new language. But researchers at the University of Haifa in Israel found that this method isn't necessarily the best or quickest way to teach someone a new language.

The study included 60 people, aged 18 to 26. There were 20 native Hebrew speakers, 20 former Soviet Union residents who learned Hebrew after moving to Israel, and 20 Israeli Arabic speakers who started learning Hebrew at age 7 to 8.

They listened to four Hebrew sentences in which the last word was a noun pronounced in a different accent: Hebrew, Arabic, Russian and English. There was no difference in the amount of phonological information native Hebrew speakers needed to decipher the word, regardless of accent. However, the Arabic and Russian speakers required less phonological information to recognize the Hebrew word when it was pronounced in the accent of their native language than when they heard it in the accent of another language.

"This research lays emphasis on the importance of continuing investigation into the cognitive perspectives of accent in order to gain a better understanding of how we learn languages other than our native tongue," wrote Dr. Raphiq Ibrahim and Dr. Mark Leikin of the Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities at the University of Haifa.

"In Israel and other countries where the population is made up of many different language groups, this understanding holds great significance," they concluded.

The study was recently published in the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research.

More information

The Linguistic Society of America has more about bilingualism.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: University of Haifa, news release, Feb. 15, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Burgeoning Population of Hepatitis C Virus Patients in Need of Second- and Third-Line Treatment Options
2. Medical Services International Maintains Pace in Second Quarter
3. CEOs Need an Advertising Check Up or Second Opinion
4. Trojan(R) Ranks U.S. Colleges and Universities in Second Annual Sexual Health Report Card
5. HealthMedia Revolution Explodes in Second Quarter
6. J.D. Power and Associates Reports: CIGNA HealthCare Recognized for Call Center Customer Satisfaction Excellence For a Second Consecutive Year
7. Acting Surgeon General Announces National Initiatives to Protect Children by Reducing Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
8. Roller Derby Author Cheats Death a Second Time
9. Launch of second European Cancer Research Funding survey
10. Secondhand smoke increases teen test failure
11. Elder Care Author Doctor Marion Launches Second National Tour to Raise Awareness About Aging & Elder Care Issues in America
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements owned by Whole Health Supply ... health of felines. The formula is all-natural and is made from Chinese herbs that ... Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are Astragalus Root Extract and Rehmannia Root ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Austin, TX (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for ... popular and highly effective treatment for skin cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar Marathe earned his ... David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal Medicine at Scripps ... in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had the opportunity to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... surgery procedures that most people are unfamiliar with. The article goes on to state ... procedures, but also many of these less common operations such as calf and cheek ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant new grants to support ... as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... Belgium , June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... announced the appointment of Dr. Edward Futcher ... a Non-Executive Director, effective June 23, 2016.Dr. Futcher ... and Nominations and Governance Committees.  As a non-executive ... provide independent expertise and strategic counsel to VolitionRx ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016  MedSource announced ... as its e-clinical software solution of choice.  This ... best possible value to their clients by offering ... The preferred relationship establishes nowEDC as the EDC ... for MedSource,s full-service clients.  "nowEDC has long been ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Any dentist who has made an ... current process. Many of them do not even offer this ... and high laboratory costs involved. And those who ARE able ... such a high cost that the majority of today,s patients ... Parsa Zadeh , founder of Dental Evolutions Inc. and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: