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Flawed self-assessment: Investigating self-and other-perception of second language speech

Trofimovich, P; Isaacs, T; Kennedy, S; Saito, K; Crowther, D; (2016) Flawed self-assessment: Investigating self-and other-perception of second language speech. Bilingualism , 19 (1) pp. 122-140. 10.1017/S1366728914000832. Green open access

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Abstract

This study targeted the relationship between self-and other-assessment of accentedness and comprehensibility in second language (L2) speech, extending prior social and cognitive research documenting weak or non-existing links between people's self-assessment and objective measures of performance. Results of two experiments (N = 134) revealed mostly inaccurate self-assessment: speakers at the low end of the accentedness and comprehensibility scales overestimated their performance; speakers at the high end of each scale underestimated it. For both accent and comprehensibility, discrepancies in self-versus other-assessment were associated with listener-rated measures of phonological accuracy and temporal fluency but not with listener-rated measures of lexical appropriateness and richness, grammatical accuracy and complexity, or discourse structure. Findings suggest that inaccurate self-assessment is linked to the inherent complexity of L2 perception and production as cognitive skills and point to several ways of helping L2 speakers align or calibrate their self-assessment with their actual performance.

Type: Article
Title: Flawed self-assessment: Investigating self-and other-perception of second language speech
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S1366728914000832
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1366728914000832
Language: English
Additional information: This article has been published in a revised form in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition https://doi.org/10.1017/S1366728914000832. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © 2014 Cambridge University Press.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1525231
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