The effects of Hong Kong L2 English speakers’ phonological features on listeners’ cognitive and affective perceptions

Hsueh Chu CHEN, Qian WANG

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Abstract

This study explores the most perceivable phonological features of Hong Kong (HK) L2 English speakers and how they affect the perception of HK L2 English speech from the perspective of both native and non-native English listeners. Conversational interviews were conducted to collect speech data from 20 Hong Kong L2 English speakers and 10 native speakers of English in the United Kingdom. Phonological features of 20 Hong Kong speakers of English were analyzed at both segmental and suprasegmental levels. Forty listeners with different language backgrounds were recruited to listen and rate the speech samples of the 20 Hong Kong L2 English speakers in terms of the cognitive perception on foreign accentedness and comprehensibility and affective perception on likability and acceptability. This study identifies the phonological variables that contribute significantly to listeners’ perception of accentedness, comprehensibility, likability, acceptability, and overall impression of HK speakers’ English speech. Copyright © 2019 John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-115
JournalAustralian Review of Applied Linguistics
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

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Bibliographical note

Chen, H. C., & Wang, Q. (2019). The effects of Hong Kong L2 English speakers’ phonological features on listeners’ cognitive and affective perceptions. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 42(1), 84-115. doi: 10.1075/aral.18010.che

Keywords

  • Speech production and perception
  • Foreign accent
  • Second language pronunciation