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

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

Published in: Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Volume 21, Issue 2, 419-426

Abstract
“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.”

Written by: Sara Rodriguez-Cuadrado, Cristina Baus, Albert Costa
For full text: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1366728917000402

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