Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Perception of Foreign Accent in Spontaneous L2 English Speech

Jiahong Yuan (1), Yue Jiang (2), Ziang Song (1)

(1) University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
(2) Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China

This study compared English and Mandarin Chinese listeners' assessments of foreign accent in spontaneous English spoken by speakers of eight L1 languages. Mandarin Chinese listeners perceived lower degree of foreign accent than native listeners, and were less sensitive to Mandarin and Cantonese accents than to the other accents, especially French, Spanish, and Russian. Acoustic analysis suggests that English and Mandarin Chinese listeners relied on different cues in the perception of Foreign Accent in L2 English.

Index Terms: Foreign Accent, Perception, Prosody, L1 effect

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Yuan, Jiahong / Jiang, Yue / Song, Ziang (2010): "Perception of foreign accent in spontaneous L2 English speech", In SP-2010, paper 884.