Second Language Studies: Acquisition, Learning, Education and Technology

Tokyo, Japan
September 22-24, 2010

Second-Language Experience and Speech-in-Noise Recognition: the Role of L2 Experience in the Talker- Listener Accent Interaction

Melanie Pinet, Paul Iverson, Mark Huckvale

Department of Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, University College London, UK

This study investigated how L2 experience modulates L1-L2 talker-listener intelligibility. L1 southern British English (SE) and L1 French listeners with varying L2 experience (Inexperienced ‘FI’, Experienced ‘FE’ and Bilinguals) were tested on their speech-in-noise recognition of English sentences that were spoken with a range of accents (SE, FI, FE, Northern Irish and Korean-accented English). Results showed that while the FI listeners had graded sensitivity for the accents, the SE listeners’ recognition processes were selectively tuned to their own accent. Overall, this suggests that L2 experience affects talker-listener accent interactions, altering both accent intelligibility and selectivity of accent processing.

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Bibliographic reference.  Pinet, Melanie / Iverson, Paul / Huckvale, Mark (2010): "Second-language experience and speech-in-noise recognition: the role of L2 experience in the talker- listener accent interaction", In L2WS-2010, paper O1-1.