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Watanabe, Yutai – Language Awareness, 2017
As a case study of non-linguists' perceptions of accent, this paper investigates how accurately and on what basis Japanese-accented English (JAE) is discernible from other L2 varieties of English in New Zealand (NZ). The paper sheds light on how a feature salient in speech is associated with the perceived sociolinguistic identity of speakers. An…
Descriptors: Pronunciation, Japanese, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Gnevsheva, Ksenia – Language Awareness, 2016
We know little about what raters rely on when participating in accentedness perception tasks as their qualitative comments are rarely scrutinised. At the same time, we know that (assumed) social information influences listener behaviour. This study investigates rater attitudes to and stereotypes about speakers of different varieties of English,…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Auditory Perception, Stereotypes, Grammar
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Saito, Kazuya; Shintani, Natsuko – Language Awareness, 2016
The current study examined how two groups of native speakers--monolingual Canadians and multilingual Singaporeans--differentially perceive foreign accentedness in spontaneous second language (L2) speech. The Singaporean raters, who had exposure to various models of English and also spoke multiple L2s on a daily basis, demonstrated more lenient…
Descriptors: Pronunciation, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), North American English
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Mora, Joan C.; Rochdi, Youssef; Kivistö-de Souza, Hanna – Language Awareness, 2014
This study investigated Spanish-speaking learners' awareness of a non-distinctive phonetic difference between Spanish and English through a delayed mimicry paradigm. We assessed learners' speech production accuracy through voice onset time (VOT) duration measures in word-initial pre-vocalic /p t k/ in Spanish and English words, and in Spanish…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Phonological Awareness, English, Spanish
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Chiang, Shiao-Yun; Mi, Han-Fu – Language Awareness, 2011
Reformulation is mostly considered as an important verbal mechanism for coping with non-native speakers' speech production problem in second language acquisition. Drawing on interlanguage pragmatics and conversation analysis, the present study examines the specific ways in which reformulation is used to achieve mutual understanding in the…
Descriptors: College Students, Speech Communication, Metalinguistics, Interlanguage
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Saito, Kazuya – Language Awareness, 2011
This paper reports on an instructed second language acquisition study that investigated the effects of explicit phonetic instruction on second language pronunciation by adopting two different outcome measurements (i.e. a rubric of accentedness as well as comprehensibility). Twenty native Japanese learners of English in ESL (English as a second…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Phonetics, English (Second Language)
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Clark, Lynn; Schleef, Erik – Language Awareness, 2010
In order to achieve full native-like competence in a second language, speakers must also acquire sociolinguistic awareness in that language. This paper reports the results of a study investigating the acquisition of sociolinguistic awareness among immigrant Polish adolescents learning English in the UK. This paper asks whether Polish-born…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Adolescents, Peer Groups, English (Second Language)
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Venkatagiri, H. S.; Levis, John M. – Language Awareness, 2007
This study examined whether differences in phonological awareness were related to differences in speech comprehensibility. Seventeen adults who learned English as a foreign language (EFL) in academic settings completed 14 tests of phonological awareness that measured their explicit knowledge of English phonological structures, and three tests of…
Descriptors: Phonology, Phonological Awareness, Short Term Memory, Regression (Statistics)