We investigate the effect of accent on comprehension of English for speakers of English as a second language in southern India. Subjects were exposed to real and TTS voices with US and several Indian accents, and were tested for intelligibility and comprehension. Performance trends indicate a measurable advantage for familiar accents, and are broken down by various demographic factors.
Bibliographic reference. Weber, Frederick / Bali, Kalika (2009): "Real voice and TTS accent effects on intelligibility and comprehension for indian speakers of English as a second language", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 532-535.