The influence of alcohol on L1 vs. L2 pronunciation

Wieling, M., Blankevoort, G., Hukker, V., Jacobi, J., Jong, de, L., Keulen, S., Medvedeva, M., Ploeg, van der, M., Pot, A., Rebernik, T., Veenstra, P. & Noiray, A., 4-Aug-2019, Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019 . Melbourne: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc., p. 3622-3626 5 p.

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In this study, we investigated the influence of alcohol intake on pronunciation in both a native and a non-native language. At a Dutch music festival, we recorded the speech of 87 participants in Dutch (native language) and English (non-native language) when reading a few sentences in both languages. The recorded audio samples were judged by 108 sober native Dutch speakers in a perception
experiment at the same festival. Participants were asked to judge how clear the Dutch pronunciations of a random selection of speakers were and how
native-like the English pronunciations were. The results, analysed using generalized additive modelling (which is able to identify non-linear
relationships), indicated a small linear negative relationship between alcohol intake and clarity of Dutch speech. For English there was no effect of
alcohol intake on the native-likeness of the English pronunciations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherAustralasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-646-80069-1
Publication statusPublished - 4-Aug-2019

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