Some Methodological Issues in Second-Language Speech Research: Participant Selection and Experimental Design

  • Arkadiusz RojczykEmail author
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The paper discusses selected methodological issues in second-language speech research. It concentrates more specifically on participant selection and experimental designs used in speech research. It begins by discussing variables in the selection of bilingual participants. These variables have been demonstrated to influence performance of bilingual subjects relative to monolingual subjects in various linguistic tasks. Subsequently, it proceeds to juxtapose two most often used experimental designs in studies on bilingual speech production: ratings by native judges and acoustic analysis. Both of these methods are critically reviewed with reference to their applicability and reliability in second-language speech research.


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  1. 1.Higher School of Occupational Safety ManagementUniversity of SilesiaKatowicePoland

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