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Intelligibility

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Masakazu Mishima

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Transcript of Intelligibility

Sociolinguistics
Masakazu Mishima Intelligibility

Behind the Scenes
My positionality
Researchers argue that "in view of the purposes forwhich English is now used, mutualintelligibility is a far more sensible target of pronunciation instruction than "nativelike accent" (Hinkel, 2005). What is "intelligibility?" INTELLIGIBILITY COMPREHENSIBILITY INTERPRETERBILITY INTELLIGIBILITY
SMITH (2009) Basic recognition of words and utterances Comprehension of core meanings of words and utterances Interepretation of words and utterances Research Studies (Purpose)
1. To examine the extent of intellibility of varieties of English
a. native varieties as measured by native speakers
B. Native varieties as Measured by nonnative speakers
C. Nonative Varieties as Measured by NAtive speakers
D. Nonnative Varieties as Measured by Nonnative Speakers Research Studies (purpose2)
2. To identify factors associated with intelligiblity
A. AGE
B. Gender
C. Language Familiarity
D. Topic Familiarity
E. Familiarity with a vaeriety of English
F. first language Background Findings (TENTATIVE)
1. age and gender have no relationship with intelligibility
2. Proficiency may increase or decrease intelligibility
3. Topic Familiarity has no relationship with intelligibility
4. Familiarity with varieties of English increases intelligibility
5. First language has relationship with intelligibility
ex. Spanish native spakers listening to SPanish accented English show higher intelligibility
REFERENCES
1. Nelson, C., Smith, L. (2009). World Englishes and Issues of Intelligibility.
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4. Smith, L. (1992) Intelligibility and non-native varieties of English. In B. Kachru (Ed.), The Other tongue: English across cultures 75 -90.
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10. Hahn, L.D. (2004). Primary stress and intelligibility: Research to motivate the teaching of
suprasegmentals. TESOL Quarterly 38, 201-223 The END
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