The effect of an unfamiliar regional accent on spoken-word comprehension
Adank, P., & McQueen, J. M.
The effect of an unfamiliar regional accent on spoken-word comprehension. In J. Trouvain, & W. J. Barry (Eds.
), Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2007)
(pp. 1925-1928). Dudweiler: Pirrot.
This study aimed first to determine whether there
is a delay associated with processing words in an
unfamiliar regional accent compared to words in a
familiar regional accent, and second to establish
whether short-term exposure to an unfamiliar
accent affects the speed and accuracy of
comprehension of words spoken in that accent.
Listeners performed an animacy decision task for
words spoken in their own and in an unfamiliar
accent. Next, they were exposed to approximately
20 minutes of speech in one of these two accents.
After exposure, they repeated the animacy decision
task. Results showed a considerable delay in word
processing for the unfamiliar accent, but no effect
of short-term exposure.