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    Flawed self-assessment: investigating self- and other-perception of second language speech

    Trofimovich, P. and Isaacs, T. and Kennedy, S. and Saito, Kazuya and Crowther, D. (2016) Flawed self-assessment: investigating self- and other-perception of second language speech. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 19 (01), pp. 122-140. ISSN 1366-7289.

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    Abstract

    This study targeted the relationship between self- and other-assessment of accentedness and comprehensibility in second language (L2) speech, extending prior social and cognitive research documenting weak or non-existing links between people's self-assessment and objective measures of performance. Results of two experiments (N = 134) revealed mostly inaccurate self-assessment: speakers at the low end of the accentedness and comprehensibility scales overestimated their performance; speakers at the high end of each scale underestimated it. For both accent and comprehensibility, discrepancies in self- versus other-assessment were associated with listener-rated measures of phonological accuracy and temporal fluency but not with listener-rated measures of lexical appropriateness and richness, grammatical accuracy and complexity, or discourse structure. Findings suggest that inaccurate self-assessment is linked to the inherent complexity of L2 perception and production as cognitive skills and point to several ways of helping L2 speakers align or calibrate their self-assessment with their actual performance.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Kazuya Saito
    Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2015 13:52
    Last Modified: 14 Mar 2016 14:55
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/13310

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