Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 22:08:03 -0700
From: Rudy Troike RTROIKE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: Re: urgent help needed
I did not see the Chronicle story that I know, but there is a
reference in one of Deborah Tannen's books (with a summary in the text and
a bibliographic reference in the notes section) of a carefully controlled
study done by some one in communications at Ohio State U. where students
heard various recorded voices (including native English speakers) matched
with different faces, and had a harder time understanding the voices when
matched with a "foreign" face. If you don't have easy access to the book,
let me know and I could look it up tomorrow.
Still, it is valuable to have these first-hand accounts of experiences.
Usually the stories are amusing but apochryphal, not very helpful for
footnoting a claim. There is of course an enormous literature on the area
of language attitudes associated with guises, in the work of Wallace Lambert,
Dick Tucker, and Roger Shuy, inter alia.
--Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ccit.arizona.edu)