Alcohol improves pronunciation of second languages

Alcohol improves pronunciation of second languages

A small amount of alcohol (up to 1.5 oz of 90 proof) has been shown to improve pronunciation of second languages even while decreasing digit and symbol proficiency

“The Effects of Experimentally Induced Changes

in Ego States on Pronunciation Ability in a

Second Language: An Exploratory Study

By Alexander 2. Guiora, Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, Robert C. L. Brannon,

Cecelia Y. Dull, and Thomas Scovel

I N AN ATTEMPT to apply the methods of scientific inquiry to the rich but rela-

tively elusive data that are generated in the clinical circumstance, a research stra-

tegy, termed transpositional research, has been proposed by Guiora.’ The first step in

Alcohol  improves pronunciation of second languages


this strategy is the identification of another realm of behavior where the phenomena

first observed in the clinical situation can also be assumed to exist. It is essential,

however, that the behavior chosen for hypothesis testing lend itself readily to experi-

mental manipulation and control. Thus, once a hypothesis generated in the clinical

setting is tested out in the transposed realm, we can then hope to reapply the findings

to the original circumstance.

Alcohol  improves pronunciation of second languages

For the past several years, Guiora has been engaged in the empirical study of the

concept of empathy. The nonclinical behavioral realm selected for this study was the

ability to authentically pronounce a second language.

In a series of publications, Guiora6,8y10 developed the proposition that empathy can

be conceptualized as a comprehending modality alongside inference and intuition and

offered the following definition: “Empathy is a process of comprehending in which a

temporary fusion of self-object boundaries, as in the earliest pattern of object rela-

tions, permits an immediate emotional apprehension of the affective experience of

another, this sensing being used by the cognitive functions to gain understanding of the


Alcohol  improves pronunciation of second languages

It is clear from the foregoing definition that empathic capacity is viewed as critically

dependent upon the flexibility of the psychic processes which function to regulate

self-object boundaries. The choice of authenticity of pronunciation as the behavioral

realm for testing hypotheses concerning empathic capacity is based on the notion that

pronunciation ability is profoundly influenced by the same underlying processes,

namely, permeability of ego boundaries.

In a recent paper’ Guiora introduced a new concept: language ego. It was proposed

that similar to the concept of body ego, ’ 2 language ego is conceived as a maturational

concept and likewise refers to self-representation with physical outlines and firm

boundaries: “Grammar and syntax are the solid structure on which speech hangs, lexis

the flesh that gives it body, and pronunciation its very core. Pronunciation is the most”


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