Cross-Linguistic Articulation Rate among Near-Balanced Bilinguals and Implications for Second Language Fluency Measurement

Publication Type:

Conference Paper

Source:

Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015), the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, p.0572.1-4 (2015)

ISBN:

978-0-85261-941-4

URL:

http://www.icphs2015.info/pdfs/Papers/ICPHS0572.pdf

Keywords:

articulation rate, balanced bilingual, Fluency, second language, speech rate

Abstract:

The present study examines cross-linguistic articulation rates in read speech among 28 native speakers (14 English and 14 Japanese) and 14 Japanese-English near-balanced bilinguals. The results show that: (1) articulation rates are comparable between the native speakers and the bilinguals; (2) there was a significant difference of articulation rates in Japanese and English among the bilinguals; (3) there is a strong positive correlation between English and Japanese articulation rates among bilinguals. Implications for development of L2 fluency measurement using the L1 fluency as a baseline are discussed.

Notes:

Glasgow, UK; August 10-14, 2015