Learners who are able to perceive and to evaluate the accentedness of L2 discourse, their own or that of other learners, might be expected to achieve a better overall pronunciation. But what do we know about perception and evaluation of a foreign accent by L2-learners and speakers? The paper gives an overview of relevant empirical studies. Several experiments demonstrate that learners are able to distinguish and to evaluate native and non-native speech in a very similar manner to native speakers (NS). Sometimes beginners or even non-learners are able to do so, but diverge from NS, because they rely primarily on universal features of accented speech like hesitations, repetitions or a low speech rate. When it comes to self-evaluation, non-native learners’ perception of foreign accent seems to be less reliable compared to that of NS, but even to that of other L2-speakers. Learners seem to suffer from a sort of accent-deafness when they assess their own pronunciation, while they can reliably evaluate the pronunciation of other learners. These findings from prior experimental research are confirmed by a survey of 199 university entrants majoring in foreign languages at Venice University Ca’ Foscari.

Wahrnehmung und Selbstbeurteilung des fremden Akzents durch Sprachlernende: Forschungsstand und Ergebnisse einer Befragung an der Universität Venedig

Paschke
2021-01-01

Abstract

Learners who are able to perceive and to evaluate the accentedness of L2 discourse, their own or that of other learners, might be expected to achieve a better overall pronunciation. But what do we know about perception and evaluation of a foreign accent by L2-learners and speakers? The paper gives an overview of relevant empirical studies. Several experiments demonstrate that learners are able to distinguish and to evaluate native and non-native speech in a very similar manner to native speakers (NS). Sometimes beginners or even non-learners are able to do so, but diverge from NS, because they rely primarily on universal features of accented speech like hesitations, repetitions or a low speech rate. When it comes to self-evaluation, non-native learners’ perception of foreign accent seems to be less reliable compared to that of NS, but even to that of other L2-speakers. Learners seem to suffer from a sort of accent-deafness when they assess their own pronunciation, while they can reliably evaluate the pronunciation of other learners. These findings from prior experimental research are confirmed by a survey of 199 university entrants majoring in foreign languages at Venice University Ca’ Foscari.
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