Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 05:14:48 -0500 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: urgent help needed a few years ago, i read a story in the chronicle of higher ed about a study that was done in which university students listened to a chinese t.a. give a math lecture. those who saw the t.a. while listening to the lecture complained that they couldn't understand him/her because of a foreign accent. those who couldn't see the t.a. (got the lecture over a phone, i think), had no problem understanding and sometimes didn't realize that the lecturer was foreign. now, i told this story to a student, who incorporated it into her honours thesis, to which i said "sorry "lynne's anecdote" doesn't work as a bibliography entry. the thesis is due to the external examiner on friday--does anyone know where this study was published, by whom, etc.? i'd even be happy with a citation of the _chronicle_ article. if not, i'd be happy to hear about other studies in which appearance (i.e., racial/ethnic prejudice) determines the success or failure of communication. thanks in advance, lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA