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ERIC Number: EJ1141637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0364-0213
Relative Difficulty of Understanding Foreign Accents as a Marker of Proficiency
Lev-Ari, Shiri; van Heugten, Marieke; Peperkamp, Sharon
Cognitive Science, v41 n4 p1106-1118 May 2017
Foreign-accented speech is generally harder to understand than native-accented speech. This difficulty is reduced for non-native listeners who share their first language with the non-native speaker. It is currently unclear, however, how non-native listeners deal with foreign-accented speech produced by speakers of a different language. We show that the process of (second) language acquisition is associated with an increase in the relative difficulty of processing foreign-accented speech. Therefore, experiencing greater relative difficulty with foreign-accented speech compared with native speech is a marker of language proficiency. These results contribute to our understanding of how phonological categories are acquired during second language learning.
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Language: English
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