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Article: The Social Costs in Communication Hiccups Between Native and Nonnative Speakers

TitleThe Social Costs in Communication Hiccups Between Native and Nonnative Speakers
Authors
KeywordsCommunication
Interpersonal relationships
Language
Issue Date2017
PublisherSage Publications, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.com/journal.aspx?pid=197
Citation
Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 2017, v. 48 n. 3, p. 369-383 How to Cite?
AbstractIt is well-established that native speakers perceive nonnative speakers with strong foreign accents, compared with those with a more nativelike accent, as less intelligent and competent, less ambitious and dependable as coworkers, and less comfortable around native speakers. But little is known about how nonnative speakers themselves are affected when communication hiccups—often due to incorrect or accented pronunciations—occur in their conversations with native speakers. In this experiment, mispronunciations of an English word were elicited from native Chinese speakers in phone conversations via the Internet with an American English speaker, who then either asked for clarification of the word or showed no confusion about the word but asked about something else. Chinese speakers’ reactions were measured using a combination of self-reports, facial affective coding, and skin-conductance responses. When the American asked for clarification—compared with when he did not—Chinese speakers were left feeling more anxious, embarrassed, and unsure of their English abilities, as well as feeling less positive about the American, finding him less attractive socially and their conversation with him less enjoyable.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/247171
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2019 Impact Factor: 2.012
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.308
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dc.contributor.authorAu, TKF-
dc.contributor.authorKwok, AFP-
dc.contributor.authorTong, LCP-
dc.contributor.authorCheng, L-
dc.contributor.authorTse, MY-
dc.contributor.authorJun, SA-
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-18T08:23:24Z-
dc.date.available2017-10-18T08:23:24Z-
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 2017, v. 48 n. 3, p. 369-383-
dc.identifier.issn0022-0221-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/247171-
dc.description.abstractIt is well-established that native speakers perceive nonnative speakers with strong foreign accents, compared with those with a more nativelike accent, as less intelligent and competent, less ambitious and dependable as coworkers, and less comfortable around native speakers. But little is known about how nonnative speakers themselves are affected when communication hiccups—often due to incorrect or accented pronunciations—occur in their conversations with native speakers. In this experiment, mispronunciations of an English word were elicited from native Chinese speakers in phone conversations via the Internet with an American English speaker, who then either asked for clarification of the word or showed no confusion about the word but asked about something else. Chinese speakers’ reactions were measured using a combination of self-reports, facial affective coding, and skin-conductance responses. When the American asked for clarification—compared with when he did not—Chinese speakers were left feeling more anxious, embarrassed, and unsure of their English abilities, as well as feeling less positive about the American, finding him less attractive socially and their conversation with him less enjoyable.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherSage Publications, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.com/journal.aspx?pid=197-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology-
dc.rightsJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. Copyright © Sage Publications, Inc.-
dc.subjectCommunication-
dc.subjectInterpersonal relationships-
dc.subjectLanguage-
dc.titleThe Social Costs in Communication Hiccups Between Native and Nonnative Speakers-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailAu, TKF: terryau@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityAu, TKF=rp00580-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0022022116687852-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85018317468-
dc.identifier.hkuros279461-
dc.identifier.volume48-
dc.identifier.issue3-
dc.identifier.spage369-
dc.identifier.epage383-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000399920200007-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-
dc.identifier.issnl0022-0221-

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