14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999


Xenophones Revisited: Linguistic and Other Underlying Factors Affecting the Pronunciation of Foreign Items in Swedish

Anders Lindström, Robert Eklund

Telia Research AB, Farsta, Sweden

In this paper, the distribution of Swedish subjects' productions of foreign speech sounds, here termed xenophones, is studied, and tabulated across gender, age, and region. The results are grouped in three categories along the “awareness” and “fidelity” dimensions. Results indicate that age is by far the most decisive underlying factor, which can be explained in terms of cultural exposure.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lindström, Anders / Eklund, Robert (1999): "Xenophones revisited: linguistic and other underlying factors affecting the pronunciation of foreign items in Swedish", In ICPhS-14, 2227-2230.