One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An arbitrarily formed syllable, as used in memory experiments and tests.‘all participants were asked to learn and retain sets of nonsense syllables’
- ‘Then they learned to read by pronouncing nonsense syllables formed by combining consonants with vowels, such as ba-he-bi.’
- ‘The test required subjects to determine the identity of nonsense syllables presented in a tachistoscope when, unknown to the subjects, no syllables were present.’
- ‘First, reading-aloud accuracy was tested on 40 target syllables (20 isolated nonsense syllables and 20 syllables embedded in words in a text).’
- ‘To find out, she and colleagues had 182 Harvard students undergo tests in which they listened to repeated strings of nonsense syllables, heard background noise, and saw yellow lights on a video screen.’
- ‘The turn to language, moreover, has shifted learning-related research away from many of the older, artificial experimental paradigms - mazes, paired-associate word lists, nonsense syllables, and the rest.’
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