Disentangling accent from comprehensibility

P Trofimovich, Talia Isaacs

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Abstract

The goal of this study was to determine which linguistic aspects of second language speech are related to accent and which to comprehensibility. To address this goal, 19 different speech measures in the oral productions of 40 native French speakers of English were examined in relation to accent and comprehensibility, as rated by 60 novice raters and three experienced teachers. Results showed that both constructs were associated with many speech measures, but that accent was uniquely related to aspects of phonology, including rhythm and segmental and syllable structure accuracy, while comprehensibility was chiefly linked to grammatical accuracy and lexical richness.
Translated title of the contributionDisentangling accent from comprehensibility
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)905-916
Number of pages12
JournalBilingualism: Language and Cognition
Volume15
Issue number4
Early online date25 May 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

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