English Accent Training: How Stress Impacts the Accent
A basic concept introduced in English accent training is the idea that if you are uncertain how to pronounce a particular word, you can minimize the chances that you will mispronounce the word by blending the first syllable of a difficult word with the final syllable of the previous. A useful English accent training tip is to speak at a slower, more deliberate pace, which will immensely aid in accent reduction.
However very little research has been done on how stress can affect the accent. While an attempt could be made to simulate a stressful atmosphere in English accent training sessions just to see how a client responds, the client is likely to be too familiar and comfortable with their surroundings for this to have an effect.
English accent training: Judging Deception
A study recently published in the journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology revealed that Hispanics not completely fluent in English especially struggle to speak the language in situations where an authority figure is trying to determine their credibility. Examples include interrogations, job interviews, and traffic stops. They are forced to explain themselves clearly and concisely in a language they lack confidence in, which causes them to appear more anxious when speaking due to frequent pausing, mumbling, and the simplification of personal accounts when greater detail would be appropriate.
Law enforcement is trained to treat any information relayed in this manner with a dose of skepticism. Psychologist Jacqueline R. Evans conducted an experiment to see if racial bias or an unfamiliarity with non native English speakers’ accents was a significant factor in whether subjects were rated as being truthful and trustworthy.
English accent training: Experiment results
Evans split her study into two separate experiments involving 206 participants, who were asked to review videos of native or non native English speaking Hispanics. The participants in one group largely identified themselves as being Hispanic, while the second group was non Hispanic. Surprisingly, both test groups concluded that non native English speaking Hispanics appeared more nervous, telling deceptive stories with obvious gaps in logic.
Evans believes law enforcement should be educated in some of the techniques non native English speakers use when communicating in English. Using an interpreter in these situations is also an option. However this robs the non native English speaker of the chance to express themselves in their own words and may be seen by authority figures as another evasive move. On the other hand, with an interpreter in the room, a non native English speaker is unlikely to feel nervous and exhibit behavior that could be considered suspicious. English accent training professionals may also be called on in the future to provide training for law enforcement on how to discern truth and suspicious behavior from non native English speakers.
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