This study represents an initial exploration of raters' comments and actual realisations of form reductions in L2 test speech performances. Performances of three L2 speakers were selected as case studies and illustrations of how reductions are evaluated by the raters. The analysis is based on audio/video recorded speech samples and written reports produced by two experienced raters after testing. Our findings suggest that reduction or reduction-like pronunciation features are found in tested L2 speech, but whenever raters identify and comment on such reductions, they tend to assess reductions negatively, be they regular processes or not.
New Perspectives on Speech in Action: Proceedings of the 2nd Sjusk Conference on Contemporary Speech Habits, 2013, p. 41-58
Language testing; phonetic reduction in L2; judgements of L2 pronunciation; Faculty of Humanities