Non-nativeness in communication

Centre for Language Studies | Faculty of Arts | Radboud University Nijmegen
Research Group Non-nativeness in communication

Our group investigates what happens when non-natives engage with natives or other non-natives in communication. We look at what effect non-nativeness has on listeners, with regard to comprehensibility, attitudinal variables such as attributed competences, status and image, and behavioral intention and media choice. We are also interested in the effect non-nativeness has on speakers, with regard to their own estimated competences and their own identity perception.

As a consequence, we investigate the effects of accentedness, information structure, prosody, language choice, style and register, and other pragmatic phenomena (e.g. politeness and back-channeling) on the participants involved. There is a special interest in the role of new media (multi-channeling, cross-media) in the perception of non-nativeness. We use cross-linguistic and cross-cultural methodology, ranging from corpus analysis, experimentation (including eye-tracking and EEG-fMRI techniques) and surveys.

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