Salient prosodic features on judgments of second language accent

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Abstract

The study specified relative weights of individual prosodic features for listeners' judgments on second language (L2) accent. It reported partial findings of Kang's (in press) research. Using the PRAAT computer program, 5 minutes of continuous in-class lectures from 8 international teaching assistants (ITAs) were acoustically analyzed for measures of speech rate, pauses, stress, and pitch range. ITAs' first languages included Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, and Korean. Fifty eight US undergraduate students evaluated the ITAs' accented speech. The results revealed that accent ratings were best predicted by pitch range and word stress measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication5th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2010
PublisherInternational Speech Communications Association
ISBN (Electronic)9780000000002
StatePublished - 2010
Event5th International Conference on Speech Prosody: Every Language, Every Style, SP 2010 - Chicago, United States
Duration: May 10 2010May 14 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody
ISSN (Print)2333-2042

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Speech Prosody: Every Language, Every Style, SP 2010
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period5/10/105/14/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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    Kang, O. (2010). Salient prosodic features on judgments of second language accent. In 5th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2010 (Proceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody). International Speech Communications Association.