2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

College Students' Perceptions Of Dialect Influenced English
Sonia Mejia
Dr. Janet Gooch, Faculty Mentor

The intent of this study was to determine if Truman students could correctly identify the 53 target words contained in The Goldman- Fristoe Test of Articulation Second Edition, (GFTA-2). The phonological systems of Spanish and English contain some similarities and differences. The differences in the sound systems of the two languages may contribute to speech differences in Spanish speaking individuals who are communicating in English. Often when speaking English some Spanish influence is noted in the production of specific speech sounds. Sixteen Truman college students listened to a tape recorded sample of one male and one female bilingual speaker producing the 53 target words included on the GFTA2. Students wrote down the words as they perceived them. Results revealed that listeners misunderstood words produced by both speakers. The words most commonly misunderstood were similar across speakers and were characterized by sound differences typical of Spanish-influenced English.

Keywords: Goldman- Fristoe Test of Articulation Second Edi, linguistic profiling, phonological systems, bilingualism, primary language, secondary language influence, genuine dialect , effective communication

Topic(s):Communication Disorders

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 61-1
Location: VH 1236
Time: 2:45

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