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Accent Modification

Accents can be described according to accentedness, comprehensibility, and intelligibility. Accentedness refers to how closely one’s pronunciation perceptually resembles that of a native speaker. Comprehensibility and intelligibility are measures of how easy a speaker’s message is to understand. Comprehensibility typically refers to a listener’s subjective perception of ease of understanding. For example, comprehensibility measures can be captured via a selection on a Likert-type scale that provides a range from impossible to easy to understand. Intelligibility refers to the amount of a spoken message that is understood. This more objective measurement is quantifiable, for example, by calculating percentage of words understood out of total words spoken.

Every language user speaks with an accent, whether it is considered regional or foreign. A regional accent refers to variation in ...

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