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Correlation between Mandarin/English ratio and global evaluation score.

Correlation between Mandarin/English ratio and global evaluation score.

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Previous research [7], showed that Mandarin speakers of English modified acoustic properties of their English speech as a factor of both the interlocutor (native vs. non-native speakers of English) and their own attitudes towards Mandarin and English. The present study investigates whether these acoustic modifications are perceptible to native spea...

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... no significant effect of the Interlocutor condition and no significant interaction between Interlocutor and Mandarin/English attitudes ratio. The attitudes covariate was a significant predictor of global evaluation score (β = -0.919, SE = 0.434, t = -2.115, p = 0.041). A higher Mandarin/English ratio was associated with a lower evaluation score (Fig. 4), indicating that speakers who were less positively oriented towards English language and culture were perceived as less intelligible, less proficient, and more accented by native English-speaking raters. It is worth mentioning that significant correlations were also observed between each one of the evaluative dimensions and attitudes ...

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