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    Linguistic correlates of comprehensibility in second language Japanese speech

    Saito, Kazuya and Akiyama, Y. (2017) Linguistic correlates of comprehensibility in second language Japanese speech. Journal of Second Language Pronunciation 3 (2), pp. 199-217. ISSN 2215-1931.

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    This study examined phonological, temporal, lexical and grammatical correlates of native speakers’ perception of second language (L2) comprehensibility (i.e., ease of understanding). L2 learners of Japanese with various proficiency levels engaged in oral picture description tasks which were judged by native speaking raters for comprehensibility, and then submitted to pronunciation, fluency, and lexicogrammar analyses. According to correlation analyses and linear mixed-models, the native speaking judges’ comprehensibility ratings were significantly linked not only with actual usage of words in context (lexical appropriateness) but also with the surface details of words (pitch accent, speech rate, lexical variation). Similar to previous L2 English studies (e.g., Isaacs & Trofimovich, 2012), the influence of segmental and morphological errors in the comprehensibility of L2 Japanese speech appeared to be minor.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Comprehensibility, Second Language Speech, Japane se, Pronunciation, Fluency, Vocabulary, Grammar
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Kazuya Saito
    Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2017 10:52
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:41


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