Do non-native and unfamiliar accents sound less credible? An examination of the processing fluency hypothesis

Wetzel, Mathis; Zufferey, Sandrine; Gygax, Pascal (2021). Do non-native and unfamiliar accents sound less credible? An examination of the processing fluency hypothesis. Journal of articles in support of the null hypothesis, 17(2), pp. 61-70. Reysen Group

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Many studies have demonstrated that stimuli that are easy to process are generally better evaluated compared to stimuli that are harder to process. It is, however, an open question whether people speaking with a foreign accent are judged to be less truthful compared to native speakers due to the greater difficulty of decoding their speech. In this paper, we provide new data to this debate by comparing the credibility of speakers of French, both with a familiar or unfamiliar native accent, and with a familiar and unfamiliar foreign accent. Our results indicate that native Native-speakers do not evaluate statements uttered with a foreign-accent as less
truthful compared to a native one.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of French Language and Literature > Linguistic Studies
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of French Language and Literature

UniBE Contributor:

Wetzel, Mathis; Zufferey, Sandrine and Gygax, Pascal Mark

Subjects:

400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 440 French & related languages

ISSN:

1539–8714

Publisher:

Reysen Group

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sandrine Zufferey

Date Deposited:

15 Apr 2021 15:32

Last Modified:

15 Apr 2021 15:32

Related URLs:

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/152025

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