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WHY WE DON’T BELIEVE NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS

MAIN POINT: If you have a foreign accent, Americans do not think you are as believable as those without an accent.

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VIEWPOINT: WHAT BRAIN RESEARCH CAN TELL US ABOUT ACCENT MODIFICATION

Written by Dr. Ojakangas

MAIN POINT: If you are trying to change your accent (the habit of how you speak), here are some practical ideas from brain research to make it easier!

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LISTENERS’ COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE REACTIONS TO ENGLISH SPEAKERS WITH STANDARD AMERICAN ENGLISH AND ASIAN ACCENTS

MAIN POINT: Again, this study gives proof to the unfortunate fact that foreign-born individuals who speak English as a second language and with a heavy accent are not viewed as positively by Americans as those who do not have an accent.

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