The effects of Dutch-accented English on Dutch listeners’ evaluations and hiring recommendations.
Since the English language is often used as a lingua franca, most of its speakers are non-native. Non-native speakers can have different degrees of non-native accentedness. Previous research has shown that non-native listeners evaluate moderately non-native accented speakers in English more negatively on attitude and perceived comprehensibility than slightly non-native and native accented speakers in English. These negative evaluations in terms of attitude and perceived comprehensibility may also affect non-native listeners’ hiring recommendations of speakers with a non-native accent in English. Therefore, the present study tried to measure the effects of different degrees of non-native accentedness in English on non-native listeners’ evaluations and hiring recommendations. More specifically, it measured the effects of different degrees of non-native Dutch accentedness in English on Dutch listeners’ evaluations and hiring recommendations.
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