NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1116160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-8416
Beyond the Language: Listener Comments on Extra-Linguistic Cues in Perception Tasks
Gnevsheva, Ksenia
Language Awareness, v25 n4 p257-271 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, through exploration of qualitative comments about the speakers' accentedness and origin. In the task 30 native speakers of New Zealand English listened to 24 native and non-native speakers of English and (1) rated them on an accentedness scale, (2) guessed their origin, and (3) commented on the language in the audio clips. Besides the expected mentions of non-target-like segments, intonation, and grammar, the listener responses revealed their engagement with social categories. The listeners were found to employ stereotypes about the speakers' paralinguistic behaviour, vocabulary, topic, etc., in identifying their origin, which highlights the importance of socio-cultural knowledge in linguistic tasks.
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A