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Query Details


Query Subject:   Accent Judgement Tests
Author:   Roberto Perez
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonology
Sociolinguistics

Query:   Hello everyone,

I am doing research on the perception of accented English (i.e., English
with a local, regional, or foreign accent) by US college students. I would
like to find a standard instrument (or a previous study that used an
instrument) where listeners had to rate a person's speech based on accent
(e.g., how clear it was, it it was associated with a specific social level
or region, if it was a foreign accent, etc.). I'm envisioning something
with Likert scales or maybe semantic differential scales.

In the context of the US, one of my interests is to measure a listener's
perception of whether a given accent is identified as a NS or a NNS
pronunciation; another goal is to measure whether a given accent is
perceived as a Hispanic accent. In both cases, the instrument would ask
listeners the degree to which those accents were considered ''X'' (i.e.,
how heavy of an accent it was).

If you know of any studies/articles in this area, or any scales/instruments
that could be used for accent judgement activities, I'd appreciate hearing
from you.

Best regards,

Roberto Perez
rgp6722@mailer.fsu.edu
LL Issue: 17.1671
Date posted: 02-Jun-2006



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