Using FL Accent Imitation in L1 in Foreign-Language Speech Research

  • Arkadiusz RojczykEmail author
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The article proposes the elicitation technique based on FL accent imitation in L1 for FL speech research. The assumption of the proposed technique is that learners will transfer those FL phonetic features into L1 that they perceive as salient or characteristic, which may be helpful in establishing a hierarchy of FL pronunciation features and their level of acquisition. The tested parameter in the current study was the Voice Onset Time in voiceless plosives. Ten Polish learners of English produced Polish words embedded in sentences in Polish accent and in imitated English accent in Polish. The results showed that they increased VOTs for /p, t, k/ in imitation of English accent, which shows that they transferred this parameter into Polish as a marker of English accent. Moreover, there was a significant positive correlation between the learners’ VOTs in English and in Polish with imitated English accent, indicating that the proposed elicitation technique is able to determine the degree of acquisition of the FL pronunciation feature.


Native Speaker Voice Onset Time Speech Research Elicitation Technique Voiceless Stop 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SilesiaKatowicePoland

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