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LTRG & SLLAT talk by Talia Isaacs, Bristol University, Modelling comprehensibility in second language speaking scales
Date: 4 March 2013 Time: 04.00-05.30pm
Venue: Furness LT 3
The visitor Talia Isaacs from Bristol University will give a talk during a joint session or LTRG and SLLAT on
Modelling comprehensibility in second language speaking scales
The emerging consensus among language experts is that what really counts in oral communication is not the presence of a detectable foreign accent, but rather whether the speech is comprehensible, or easily understandable to listeners. Thus, comprehensibility is believed to be a suitable pedagogical goal for pronunciation instruction and, by extension, assessment. Yet little is known about the linguistic dimensions that most influence listeners' perceptions of comprehensibility and how to distill these perceptions into rating instruments that readily distinguish between different levels of comprehensibility. This presentation reports on a programme of research seeking to address this problem.
Please be invited.
Event website: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/groups/sllat/programme.htm
Who can attend: Internal
Organising departments and research centres: Language Testing Research Group (LTRG), Linguistics and English Language, Second Language Learning and Teaching Research Group (SLLAT)
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