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LINGUIST List 22.3552

Sun Sep 11 2011

Sum: Perception and Impression of Non-native English

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        1.     Noriko Nakanishi , Perception and Impression of Non-native English

Message 1: Perception and Impression of Non-native English
Date: 06-Sep-2011
From: Noriko Nakanishi <nakanisiba.kobegakuin.ac.jp>
Subject: Perception and Impression of Non-native English
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Query for this summary posted in LINGUIST Issue: 22.3255
This is a tentative summary of the questionnaire posted to the Query
on Aug. 15th.
http://linguistlist.org/pubs/sums/query-details.cfm?
submissionid=4529201
I have been collecting the data from
* Native speakers of English (L1 user)
* Non-Native speakers of English / Japanese (L2 user)
* University students learning English in Japan (FL learner)
So far, I got responses from L1 users (n=30), L2 users (n=37), and FL
learners (n=174).
Some detailed results (yet tentative) have been sent to the participants
who typed in their e-mail addresses in the questionnaire, and the
following is a summary of the findings:
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(Part 1)
* Contextual messages have influence on intelligibility in different
degrees among L1 user / L2 user / FL learner groups.
* Approximately half of the answers indicated participants' “guess work”
when given the sentences with mispronounced words.
(Part 2)
The 19 questions were tentatively divided into four categories
according to the types of interpersonal attraction, though the reliability
analysis will be necessary after the data collection is completed.
* FL learners showed significantly stronger preference for North
American pronunciation to Japanized pronunciation than L1 and L2
users in all categories.
* There was one particular category that all the three groups showed
stronger preference for North American pronunciation than other
categories.
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Some of the participants kindly pointed out that there was a mistake in
a pronoun in Section 2. It was my careless mistake, but I found that we
cannot change any part of the questionnaire once we start running the
program. I would like to apologize for the confusion.

All the results above are tentative, and further statistical analyses will
be given once we gain enough number of the participants from “L1
user” and “L2 user” groups. We will be collecting the data till mid / end
of September this year. If you have not responded to the questionnaire
yet, please access the URL below and answer the questions, which will
take 10-20 minutes.

http://www.tm.kobegakuin.ac.jp/kyozai/ba/contents01/

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Thank you.
Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
                            Sociolinguistics


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