7.1126, Sum: Word association tests

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Subject: 7.1126, Sum: Word association tests
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Date:  Sat, 10 Aug 1996 18:06:12 GMT
From:  104LYN at muse.arts.wits.ac.za ("M. Lynne Murphy")
Subject:   sum: word association tests
Date:  Sat, 10 Aug 1996 18:06:12 GMT
From:  104LYN at muse.arts.wits.ac.za ("M. Lynne Murphy")
Subject:   sum: word association tests
A while ago, i posted a query about word association tests/norms in
non-western cultures.  Unfortunately, most of the responses i got
were requests for me to share the information--it seems there was
little information to be had!
One respondent said s/he'd give me more info if i made clearer what i
was looking for.  i've been trying to respond to that person, but
their e-mail bounces back to me as "host unknown".  so could
ishinan at eocinc.com please try contacting me again?
here's what summary i have:
From: glennf at maine.maine.edu (Glenn Frankenfield)
Susan Ervin-Tripp has an essay on Navaho word associations in her book
"Language acquisition and communicative choice," Stanford University
Press, 1973.
From: gaubin at eve.assumption.edu (George Aubin)
While not a direct answer perhaps to your recent query, you might find
pages 307-331 ('Universal (?) Phonetic Symbolism') in Insup Taylor's
'Introduction to Psycholinguistics' (Holt, Rinehart and Winston,
1976) of some interest. Several non-Western languages are discussed...
From: afn11122 at afn.org (M J Hardman)
This isn't exactly what you want, but in my book Hardman, MJ 1981
Monograph Series, University of Florida there is one article by
Christine Sacks Miracle on administering one of those standardized iq
tests to Aymara speaking children in Bolivia. It involved some word
association, and, of course, most everything didn't work.
Also, just FYI, when I tried, several decades ago now, to do antonyms
with Jaqi speakers (believeing them to be universal!) I quickly
learned that no way -- they don't do that, nor is that part of their
verbal play.
thanks very much to these people for their help.  if anyone else has
any thoughts/experiences with administering word association tests
(i.e., "what's the first thing that comes into your mind when i say
X?") in non-western cultures, i'd love to hear more.
lynne murphy
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