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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Academic Paper

Title: Effects of bilingualism, noise, and reverberation on speech perception by listeners with normal hearing
Author: Catherine L. Rogers
Institution: University of South Florida
Author: Jennifer J. Lister
Institution: University of South Florida
Author: Dashielle M. Febo
Institution: University of South Florida
Author: Joan M. Besing
Institution: Montclair State University
Author: Harvey B. Abrams
Institution: Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Linguistic Field: Psycholinguistics
Abstract: This study compared monosyllabic word recognition in quiet, noise, and noise with reverberation for 15 monolingual American English speakers and 12 Spanish–English bilinguals who had learned English prior to 6 years of age and spoke English without a noticeable foreign accent. Significantly poorer word recognition scores were obtained for the bilingual listeners than for the monolingual listeners under conditions of noise and noise with reverberation, but not in quiet. Although bilinguals with little or no foreign accent in their second language are often assumed by their peers, or their clinicians in the case of hearing loss, to be identical in perceptual abilities to monolinguals, the present data suggest that they may have greater difficulty in recognizing words in noisy or reverberant listening environments.


This article appears IN Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 27, Issue 3.

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