This study investigated the acoustic characteristics that contribute to the perception of foreign-accentedness of English spoken by native Ewe speakers. Forty monosyllabic words spoken by four speakers were rated on accentedness by 109 participants; 51 with exposure to Ghanaian-accented-American English and 58 with none. The ratings and measurements of F1 and F2 values of the vowels were analyzed and compared. The results suggest that the perception of accentedness was influenced by the acoustic properties of vowels. Listeners rated L2 speakers as more accented than they did L1 speakers. Accentedness ratings did not correlate with comprehension of words, and finally, listeners with previous exposure to Ewe accented American English rated the non-native tokens as less accented than listeners without previous exposure. Previous exposure did not influence comprehension of tokens.
|Commitee:||Addae, Rejoice, Shollenbarger, Amy|
|School:||Arkansas State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Arkansas|
|Source:||MAI 58/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Bilingual education, Speech therapy, Acoustics|
|Keywords:||Accentedness, Acoustics, Ewe, Exposure, Ghanaian, Perception|
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