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Chapter 15 - Foreign Accent in L2 Japanese

Cross-Sectional Study

from PART IV - Accentedness and Acoustic Features

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 January 2021

Ratree Wayland
University of Florida
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This study was designed to investigate the contribution of nonnative (L2) patterns of pausing to the perceived effort of listening to speech. English-language speech samples from 10 native speakers of Korean and Mandarin Chinese 5 of each) previously assessed as having intermediate proficiency in English were manipulated by removing all nonjuncture silent pauses as well as all filled pauses. The original and manipulated speech samples, as well as samples of comparable but unmanipulated English speech produced by 10 native speakers of Korean and Mandarin Chinese with higher English proficiency, were evaluated in a between-groups design by 60 native speakers of American English. Although the removal of nonjuncture pauses did not significantly alter listeners’ ratings of the intermediate speech, results did suggest a subtle interaction between ratings of effort and measures of listeners’ working memory capacity, suggesting that the detrimental effects of pausing in nonnative accented speech may be related to increased demand on limited-capacity cognitive processing resources, such as working memory.

Second Language Speech Learning
Theoretical and Empirical Progress
, pp. 377 - 396
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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