Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Perception and Production Saturation of Spoken English as a First Phase in Reducing a Foreign Accent

Amalia Sarabasa

Laboratorio de Fonetica y Fonologia Experimental, Escuela de Idiomas Modernos, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela

To improve perception and production of spoken English prosody in students of English Phonetics and Phonology I and II at the School of Modern Languages of Central University of Venezuela, 84 audio recorded tapes of 43 interviewed subjects from Canada, UK and USA were the sources for the perception saturation exercises (repeated listening of a selection, orthographic transcription of its utterances marking pause, stress, and final intonation), and the production saturation ones (imitation, memorization and oral production of the native speaker's pronunciation in the transcribed selection). The hypothesis was that saturated learning of the different accents at the level of perception and later production would give the students a mental and articulatory pronunciation template that would help them reduce their foreign accent. The results of the longitudinal studies seem to display the positive effect of perception saturation and production saturation in the students1 transcriptions of prosodic elements and their oral production of them since they show an apparent reduction in their foreign accent.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sarabasa, Amalia (1994): "Perception and production saturation of spoken English as a first phase in reducing a foreign accent", In ICSLP-1994, 2015-2018.