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Phonetics exercises using the Alvin experiment-control software.
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PMID:  25480760     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE: Exercises are described that were designed to provide practice in phonetic transcription for students taking an introductory phonetics course. The goal was to allow instructors to offload much of the drill that would otherwise need to be covered in class or handled with paper-and-pencil tasks using text rather than speech as input.
METHOD: The exercises were developed using Alvin, a general-purpose software package for experiment design and control. The simplest exercises help students learn sound-symbol associations; e.g., a vowel transcription exercise presents listeners with CVC syllables on each trial; students are asked to choose among buttons labeled with phonetic symbols for twelve vowels. Several word-transcription exercises are included in which students hear a word and are asked to enter a phonetic transcription. Immediate feedback is provided for all of the exercises. An explanation of the methods that are used to create exercises is provided.
RESULTS: While no formal evaluation was conducted, comments on course evaluations suggest that most students found the exercises to be useful.
CONCLUSIONS: Exercises were developed for use in an introductory phonetics course. The exercises can be used in their current form, they can be modified to suit individual needs, or new exercises can be developed.
James M Hillenbrand; Robert T Gayvert; Michael J Clark
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-12-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1558-9102     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Speech Lang. Hear. Res.     Publication Date:  2014 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-12-6     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-12-7    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9705610     Medline TA:  J Speech Lang Hear Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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