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LINGUIST List 18.1681

Fri Jun 01 2007

Books: Lang Acquisition/Phonetics/Phonology/Psycholing: Hongyan

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        1.    Rianne Giethoorn, English as a Lingua Franca: Hongyan


Message 1: English as a Lingua Franca: Hongyan
Date: 30-May-2007
From: Rianne Giethoorn <lotlet.uu.nl>
Subject: English as a Lingua Franca: Hongyan


Title: English as a Lingua Franca
Subtitle: Mutual intelligibility of Chinese, Dutch and American speakers of English
Series Title: LOT Disseratation Series
Published: 2007
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT
                http://www.lotpublications.nl/

Author: Wang Hongyan
Paperback: ISBN: Pages: 260 Price: Europe EURO 24.08
Abstract:

English has become the language of international communication in politics,
business, and science. As a result of this development, we are now
confronted with a bewildering variety of 'Englishes', spoken with many
different non-native accents. Research determining how intelligible
non-native speakers of varying native-language backgrounds are to each
other and to native speakers of English has only just started to receive
attention.

The present thesis investigated the extent to which Chinese, Dutch and
American speakers of English are mutually intelligible. Intelligibility of
vowels, simplex consonants and consonant clusters was tested in meaningless
sound sequences, as well as in words in meaningless and meaningful short
sentences. Speakers (one male, one female per language background) were
selected so as to be optimally representative of their peer groups, which
were made up of young academic users of English. Intelligibility was tested
for all nine possible combinations of speaker and listener backgrounds.

Results show that Chinese-accented English is less intelligible overall
than Dutch-accented English, which is less intelligible than American
English. Generally the native-language background of the speaker was less
important for the intelligibility than the background of the listener.
Also, the results reveal a clear and consistent so-called interlanguage
speech intelligibility benefit: speakers of English - whether foreign or
native - are more intelligible to listeners with whom they share the same
native-language background than to listeners with a different native
language. I argue that this interlanguage benefit is best quantified in
relative terms.

This book should be of interest to phoneticians, phonologists, applied
linguists and to teachers of English as a foreign language.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                            Phonetics
                            Phonology
                            Psycholinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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