ERIC Number: EJ1035951
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
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The Perception of Fluency in Native and Nonnative Speech
Bosker, Hans Rutger; Quené, Hugo; Sanders, Ted; de Jong, Nivja H.
Language Learning, v64 n3 p579-614 Sep 2014
Where native speakers supposedly are fluent by default, nonnative speakers often have to strive hard to achieve a nativelike fluency level. However, disfluencies (such as pauses, fillers, repairs, etc.) occur in both native and nonnative speech and it is as yet unclear how fluency raters weigh the fluency characteristics of native and nonnative speech. Two rating experiments compared the way raters assess the fluency of native and nonnative speech. The fluency characteristics were controlled by using phonetic manipulations in pause (Experiment 1) and speed characteristics (Experiment 2). The results show that the ratings of manipulated native and nonnative speech were affected in a similar fashion. This suggests that there is no difference in the way listeners weigh the fluency characteristics of native and nonnative speakers.
Descriptors: Language Fluency, Native Speakers, Second Language Learning, Speech Communication, Evaluators, Comparative Analysis, Phonetics, Auditory Perception
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