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LINGUIST List 17.3153

Fri Oct 27 2006

Books: Phonetics/Sociolinguistics: Doel

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        1.    K. van den Heuvel, How Friendly are the Natives?: Doel


Message 1: How Friendly are the Natives?: Doel
Date: 24-Oct-2006
From: K. van den Heuvel <lotlet.uu.nl>
Subject: How Friendly are the Natives?: Doel


Title: How Friendly are the Natives?
Subtitle: An Evaluation of Native-speaker Judgements of Foreign-accented British and American English
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2006
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke
                http://www.lotpublications.nl/

Book URL: http://www.lotpublications.nl

Author: Rias van den Doel
Electronic: ISBN: 9789078328094 Pages: 354 Price: ---- free
Paperback: ISBN: 9789078328094 Pages: 354 Price: Europe EURO 28.43
Abstract:

LOT Dissertation Series 144

How Friendly are the Natives?
An Evaluation of Native-speaker Judgements of Foreign-accented British and
American English

This study is the first ever to employ a large-scale Internet survey to
investigate priorities in English pronunciation training. Well over 500
native speakers from throughout the English-speaking world, including North
America, the British Isles, Australia and New Zealand, were asked to detect
and evaluate Dutch pronunciation errors in sentences read by bilingual
actors. Through the application of up-to-date statistical procedures, these
assessments were analysed and then used to construct hierarchies of error
for pronunciation training in the most commonly taught varieties of British
and American English.

The attitudes of the various groups of native speakers towards error
detection and evaluation were found to be strikingly different.
Nevertheless, the findings indicate that almost all natives attach
considerable significance to pronunciation errors that impede
intelligibility. In those cases where there is no loss of intelligibility,
they often respond negatively to features that are socially marked in
native varieties of English. This effect of stigmatisation was found to
differ considerably, for example, between countries such as the United
States and Britain. Even non-native pronunciation errors that are very
similar to features actually attested in respondents' own accents are not
necessarily judged more leniently.

In addition to discussing the effects of linguistic background on the
judgements of native speakers, this study also considers the error
assessments of Dutch teachers and students of English, and provides a brief
overview of pronunciation training in the Netherlands.

This research will be of interest not only to phoneticians and
sociolinguists with an interest in second language acquisition, but also to
teachers and students of English pronunciation and accent varieties.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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