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    The relationship between multilingual raters’ language background and their perceptions of accentedness and comprehensibility of second language speech

    Shintani, N. and Saito, Kazuya and Rie, K. (2017) The relationship between multilingual raters’ language background and their perceptions of accentedness and comprehensibility of second language speech. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism , ISSN 1367-0050. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this case study is twofold: it (1) explores multilingual raters’ judgements regarding the accentedness and comprehensibility of second language speech and (2) examines how the raters’ language backgrounds influence their judgements. In this study, six multilingual Singaporean raters judged the accentedness and comprehensibility of 50 unfamiliar accented speech samples produced by Japanese learners of English with different proficiency levels. In order to investigate rater judgement, the rating scores were subjected to a multifaceted Rasch analysis. A questionnaire and an interview elicited the raters’ retrospective reports on their language backgrounds at three time points in their life (when they were 5, 11, and 21 years old). The results suggested that the raters’ language backgrounds, notably the proficiency balance between multiple languages in early childhood, are related to their rating judgement.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Kazuya Saito
    Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 09:26
    Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 01:10
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/18607

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