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Title: A Follow-up Analysis of Listener (Mis)comprehension across Language Varieties in Pentecost, Vanuatu
Contributor(s): Schneider, Cindy  (author)orcid ; Gooskens, Charlotte  (author)
Publication Date: 2018
DOI: 10.1353/ol.2018.0005
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Abstract: Intelligibility testing in Vanuatu in 2015 investigated how well speakers of three closely related varieties could understand each other. But the research also generated questions about (1) anomalous results; (2) which linguistic factors influenced comprehension; and (3) the relative intelligibility of varieties. This paper interrogates these questions and finds that, first, while most anomalous results are difficult to account for, others are easily explained; the insights gained will help to refine the design of future intelligibility tests. Second, some variables appear to be more important than others in terms of the degree to which they impede intelligibility. Third, test participants' higher comprehension of a relatively distantly related variety over a more closely related variety leads to explanations that draw on both linguistic and social factors. The insights gained in this study contribute to existing research on the same topic in European languages and establishes a starting point for similar research on Pacific languages.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Oceanic Linguistics, 57(1), p. 144-176
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 0029-8115
Field of Research (FOR): 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
200320 Pacific Languages
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
930503 Resourcing of Education and Training Systems
950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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