The development of the MULT AP was reliant on the fact that a test that is able to measure phonetic perception of multiple languages is not available or non-existent. The idea to develop the MULT/ AP is based on previous research (see) and on an interdisciplinary dissertation project by Markus Christiner, aiming at investigating in individual language abilities and their relationship to musical abilities. The MULT/ AP measures phonetic perception abilities and is split up into different subsections which become increasingly more difficult.
Basically, there are 6 MULT/ AP tests for different age groups, three long versions and three short versions. The Mult AP’s design: Strings of language fragments of different syllable length (multiple languages or single languages) are compared to either a single phrase or more phrases. The strings’ lengths targeted at the participants vary depending on difficulty and age. Thus tests for children have strings of two different constituents up to conditions with eight constituents which are compared to a single phrase. Adolescent and adult testing is more complex. The strings have four up to twelve constituents which are in condition A) compared to a single phrase, in condition B) to two phrases and in condition C) to three phrases in which ordering needs to be considered as well.
Below you find some work that led to the MULT/AP:
Christiner M. and Reiterer S.M. (2013) Song and speech: examining the link between singing talent and speech imitation ability. Front. Psychol. 4:874. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00874
Christiner M. and Reiterer S.M. (2015) A Mozart is not a Pavarotti: singers outperform instrumentalists on foreign accent imitation. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 9:482. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00482
Christiner M. and Reiterer S. (2016) Music, Song and Speech: a closer look at the interfaces between musicality, singing and individual differences in phonetic language aptitude. In Cognitive individual differences in second language processing and acquisition, G. Granena, D.O. Jackson & Y. Yilmaz (eds), 131-156. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. doi: 10.1075/bpa.3.07chr
The MULT/AP is operated by Christiner e.U. and runs at Christiner Questionnaires as an online-application. The test itself is free of charge but for administration and technical operation an administrative fee is charged. Every participant can log in online via a username and a password. The individual scores of all participants will be provided by Christiner e.U. as a CSV or XL file.
Several versions of the test are available, one for pre-school and primary school children, one for teenagers and one for adults as well as a short version of each of these. Each test consists of several subsections and a questionnaire.
How to cite the MULT/AP:
Christiner M. and Reiterer S.M. (2017) MULT/AP Multilingual aptitude test. Vienna: Christiner Questionnaires.