Can aural training in music enhance your sound-discrimination abilities for languages? The study sets off to answer this question by testing 50 German-speaking students of non-linguistic degrees for their abilities to discriminate between sounds in Finnish, a language previously entirely unknown to them. 25 randomly selected subjects then went through an aural training in music for two weeks before all the subjects were retested in their aural-perceptive abilities in the Finnish language by means of a similar test containing different test items. The hypothesised positive effect of the musical intervention could be partially proved by a statistically significant mean enhancement in the final scores achieved by the trained group compared to an insignificant enhancement achieved by the control group.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 222 pp., 107 fig., 8 tables
Contents: The influence of aural training in music on the perceptive performance of adult learners’ sound-discrimination abilities
– The interconnectivity of language and music from the neuroscientific, the developmental-psychological and the pedagogical
points of view – The role of sound-discrimination abilities in speech perception and language learning – Methods for the testing
of sound-discrimination abilities – Methods for testing and training of musical listening skills.