INTERSPEECH 2012
13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Portland, OR, USA
September 9-13, 2012

EFL Conversational Triads: Foreigner-directed Speech and Hyperarticulation

Hua-Li Jian (1), Richard Konopka (2)

(1) Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway
(2) Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

The study examines interactions associated with foreigner-directed speech (FDS) within EFL triadic conversation exam where learners differ in outspokenness. The results showed that learners' outspokenness affected foreign examiners' vowel articulation. More vowels underwent distinct change across learners' positive-coded utterances in F2, whereas in F1 the vowel change in the high-communicative group during the introduction of a new question was the greatest source of variation. The findings suggest that native speakers tend to hyperarticulate during interactions with the low-communicate group, and probably with didactic intent to instruct or smooth communicative situations, in particular during more encouraging speech acts.

Index Terms: EFL, foreigner directed speech, hyperarticulation, vowel space

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Jian, Hua-Li / Konopka, Richard (2012): "EFL conversational triads: foreigner-directed speech and hyperarticulation", In INTERSPEECH-2012, 122-125.