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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: Auditory training for experienced and inexperienced second-language learners: Native French speakers learning English vowels
Author: Paul Iverson
Institution: University College London
Author: Melanie Pinet
Institution: University College London
Author: Bronwen G. Evans
Institution: University College London
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Phonetics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This study examined whether high-variability auditory training on natural speech can benefit experienced second-language English speakers who already are exposed to natural variability in their daily use of English. The subjects were native French speakers who had learned English in school; experienced listeners were tested in England and the less experienced listeners were tested in France. Both groups were given eight sessions of high-variability phonetic training for English vowels, and were given a battery of perception and production tests to evaluate their improvement. The results demonstrated that both groups learned to similar degrees, suggesting that training provides a type of learning that is distinct from that obtained in more naturalistic situations.


This article appears IN Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 33, Issue 1.

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