An EMA Study of Articulatory Settings in Polish Speakers of English

  • Radosław Święciński
Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)


In the present study electromagnetic articulography (EMA) was used to address the question whether articulatory settings are related to foreign-accentedness of speech in Polish speakers of English. The analysis concerns positions of articulators in speech-ready postures assumed shortly before producing an utterance. The objectives of the study are the following: (i) to obtain direct measurement data that could allow for a more detailed description of articulatory settings characteristic of Polish; (ii) to measure and describe articulatory settings in Poles while speaking English (iii) to compare the differences between settings adopted while speaking Polish and English by speakers with near-native English pronunciation and by speakers whose English pronunciation is heavily accented. The conducted experiment confirms the existence of language-specific articulatory settings and their influence on the degree of foreign-accentedness in Polish speakers of English.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Maria Curie-Skłodowska UniversityLublinPoland

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