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Linguistic dimensions of second language accent and comprehensibility

Crowther, D; Trofimovich, P; Isaacs, T; (2016) Linguistic dimensions of second language accent and comprehensibility. Journal of Second Language Pronunciation , 2 (2) pp. 160-182. 10.1075/jslp.2.2.02cro. Green open access

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Abstract

The current study investigated the effect of listener status (native, nonnative) and language background (French, Mandarin) on global ratings of second language speech. Twenty-six nonnative English listeners representing the two language backgrounds (n = 13 each) rated the comprehensibility and accentedness of 40 French speakers of English. These same speakers were previously rated by native listeners and coded for 19 linguistic measures of speech (e.g., segmental errors, word stress errors, grammar accuracy) in Trofimovich and Isaacs (2012). Analyses indicated no difference in global ratings between nonnative and native listeners, or between the two nonnative listener groups. Similarly, no major differences in the linguistic dimensions associated with each group’s ratings existed. However, analyses of verbal reports for a subset of nonnative listeners (n = 5 per group) demonstrated that each group attributed their ratings to somewhat different linguistic cues.

Type: Article
Title: Linguistic dimensions of second language accent and comprehensibility
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1075/jslp.2.2.02cro
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/jslp.2.2.02cro
Language: English
Additional information: © John Benjamins. The final publication Linguistic dimensions of second language accent and comprehensibility, by Crowther, Dustin and Trofimovich, Pavel and Isaacs, Talia, in: Journal of Second Language Pronunciation, 2, 160-182 (2016), is available at John Benjamins http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/jslp.2.2.02cro.
Keywords: Comprehensibility; native; nonnative; accent; raters; pronunciation; English language
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
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/1535354
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