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Category:   E-InfoReq
Subject:   Survey on Foreign Accented (British) English
From:   Richard Todd (Forensic Audio Unit)
Email:   r.todd_(on)_fusioncorp.freeserve.co.uk
Date received:   05 Mar 2001

Hi I'm writing because I need the help of you and any others you think may be willing to spare 5 minutes. I'm doing PhD in the department of computer science, University of Sheffield. It's on describing differences between mainstream (anglo-saxon) and ethnic (caribbean/asian) varieties of speech. As well as looking at the speech itself, I'm also investigating how listeners tell which variety it is they're hearing when they know nothing else about the speaker. Attached is a survey form that will take about 5 minutes to complete and return by email. I'm planning to write up results within the next couple of weeks. Feel free to pass this email on to others, whether local or not. Thanks in advance for your help, Richard. R.Todd_(on)_dcs.shef.ac.uk SURVEY ON FOREIGN-ACCENTED ENGLISH SPEECH _______________________________________________________________ An accent is normally described as being the way that someone _pronounces_ the words that they say. Accents do _not_ relate to someone's use of grammar, slang, or swearing, etc. For example, a newsreader may not use any slang, but still have a local accent. In this country people are generally considered _foreign_ if they are not British-born, or do not have British-born parents. As a member of the public, it is important to know what _you_ think about foreign accents in general. Opinions are valuable, so please help by taking a few minutes to answer the questions given below. Your response can be emailed <R.Todd_(on)_dcs.shef.ac.uk> or posted to the address given at below. ________________________________________________________________ (most of these can be completed by putting X's next to the number you think is the most appropriate) 1. What do you think of the following statement (put X next to the response you think is the most appropriate) 'Speakers can be identified as being foreign by listening to their accents' 1 = all the time 2 = frequently 3 = occasionally 4 = hardly ever 5 = never 2. What is the typical % time you spend (weekly) _working_ with people of a different ethnic group to your own: 0-10 10-25 25-50 50-75 75-100 % 3. What is the typical % time you spend (weekly) _socializing_ with people of a different ethnic group to your own: 0-10 10-25 25-50 50-75 75-100 % 4. What level of verbal contact do you have with people of the following ethnic groups: (put your individual ratings at the side of _each_ group name) 1 = very frequent 2 = frequent 3 = occasional 4 = hardly any 5 = none Caribbean (near Barbados or Jamaica) = South-Asian (near India or Pakistan) = Far-Eastern (near China or Japan) = 5. How good are you at saying whether a speaker has a foreign accent, in the following conversational situations: (put X's next to the ratings you think are the most appropriate) FACE-TO-FACE extremely good quite good average quite bad extremely bad SPEAKER'S FACE HIDDEN extremely good quite good average quite bad extremely bad OVER THE TELEPHONE extremely good quite good average quite bad extremely bad 6. How good are you at placing foreign-accented people into _specific_ categories, e.g., Danish, French, German, Italian, Jamaican, Japanese, Russian, Swedish, etc: ACCENTS IN SPECIFIC CATEGORIES extremely good quite good average quite bad extremely bad 7. How good are you at placing foreign-accented people into _general_ categories, e.g., `Caribbean' (near Barbados or Jamaica), `Continental' (near Belgium, France, or Spain) `South-Asian' (near India or Pakistan), `Far-Eastern' (near China or Japan), `Scandinavian' (near Denmark or Sweden), etc: ACCENTS IN GENERAL CATEGORIES extremely good quite good average quite bad extremely bad 8. How would you rate the importance of keeping traditional values and cultural awareness for each of the following ethnic groups: (put your individual ratings at the side of each group name shown under the two subject headings) 1 = extreme 2 = relative 3 = some 4 = little 5 = none TRADITIONAL VALUES (e.g., family, religion, sex, marriage) Caribbean (near Barbados or Jamaica) = South-Asian (near India or Pakistan) = Far-Eastern (near China or Japan) = CULTURAL AWARENESS (e.g., art, food, history, music) Caribbean (near Barbados or Jamaica) = South-Asian (near India or Pakistan) = Far-Eastern (near China or Japan) = 9. Use this space to provide any other _brief_ comments you would like to make on foreign-accented speech: British-born: Yes No _ born in: Sex: Male Female British-born Parents: Yes No _ born in Fluent English speaker: Yes No Age Group: under 18 18-30 30-40 40-55 55-65 65+ Normal Trade/Profession (be specific): _____________________________________________________ Please feel free to give copies of this survey form to others that you think would be interested. Thank you for your time. Richard Todd Speech and Hearing Research Group University of Sheffield Department of Computer Science Regent Court, 211 Portabello Road Sheffield, South Yorks. S1 4DP
 

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