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The Effect of Background Music on Translation Quality

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Author(s): Amin Karimnia | Nastaran Sadeghzadeh Lari

Journal: Khazar Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
ISSN 2223-2613

Volume: 15;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Background music | Classical musicl | Mozart | translation.

ABSTRACT
The current study was designed to investigate the effect of background classical music of Mozart on the students’ English-into-Persian translation quality. To achieve this purpose, atfirst 90 B. A. junior and senior students majoring in Translation were selected randomly from Islamic Azad University, Shiraz, Iran. These 90 students participated in a translation pretest. The pretests were assessed and the researchers chose 58 ones whose scores in thepretest were in the same range. These 58 students were then divided into an experimentaland a control group, each of which having 29 students. They were asked to participate inthe post-test. The experimental group involved the students who translated the text with exposure to music and the control group consisted of those who translated without exposure to music. The post-tests were also assessed and the mean scores of the experimental and the control groups were then calculated. An independent sample t-test was employed in order to find whether the difference between the means of the experimental and control group was significant or not. Finally, it was demonstrated that background music had no effect on the students’ translation quality.
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