STiLL - Speech Technology in Language Learning

May 25-27, 1998
Marholmen, Sweden

Second Language Perception and the Concept of Foreign Accent

Robert McAllister

Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

This paper concerns one aspect of linguistic behavior in the speech communication process, namely the decoding activity usually referred to as "speech perception". This process involves the reception of speech sounds and their decoding into linguistic units. The discussion here is based on experimental research concerned with the perceptual performance of second language (L2) users during the perception of L2 speech or "perceptual foreign accent3\ An attempt is made to relate this performance to L2 speakers production ability in terms of "foreign accent9'. An important aspect of the experimental work presented here is the assessment of factors which may play a roll in the degree of success achieved by a L2 learner in his or her efforts to learn the phonology and phonetics of an L2

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Bibliographic reference.  McAllister, Robert (1998): "Second language perception and the concept of foreign accent", In STiLL-1998, 155-158.