Foreigner talk through word reduction in native/non-native spoken interactions

Rodriguez-Cuadrado, Sara, Baus, Cristina and Costa, Albert (2017) Foreigner talk through word reduction in native/non-native spoken interactions. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 21 (2). pp. 419-426. ISSN 1366-7289 DOI

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We explore the properties of foreigner talk through word reduction. Word reduction signals that the speaker is referring to the same entity as previously and should be preserved for foreigner talk. However, it leads to intelligibility loss, which works against foreigner talk. Pairs of speakers engaged in a task where native speakers talked either to a native or non-native listener. Natives talking to non-natives performed foreigner talk for duration and intensity. Duration and intensity were reduced for native and non-native listeners equally. These results suggest that word reduction is insensitive to communicative adjustments in the context of foreign talk.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: word reduction, foreigner talk, non-native speakers, word duration, word intensity
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2018 15:42

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