Flawed self-assessment

Investigating self-and other-perception of second language speech

Pavel Trofimovich, Talia Isaacs, Sara Kennedy, Kazuya Saito, Dustin Crowther

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Abstract

This study targeted the relationship between self-and other-assessment of accentedness and comprehensibility in second language (L2) speech, extending prior social and cognitive research documenting weak or non-existing links between people's self-assessment and objective measures of performance. Results of two experiments (N = 134) revealed mostly inaccurate self-assessment: speakers at the low end of the accentedness and comprehensibility scales overestimated their performance; speakers at the high end of each scale underestimated it. For both accent and comprehensibility, discrepancies in self-versus other-assessment were associated with listener-rated measures of phonological accuracy and temporal fluency but not with listener-rated measures of lexical appropriateness and richness, grammatical accuracy and complexity, or discourse structure. Findings suggest that inaccurate self-assessment is linked to the inherent complexity of L2 perception and production as cognitive skills and point to several ways of helping L2 speakers align or calibrate their self-assessment with their actual performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-140
Number of pages19
JournalBilingualism
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1

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Trofimovich, P., Isaacs, T., Kennedy, S., Saito, K., & Crowther, D. (2016). Flawed self-assessment: Investigating self-and other-perception of second language speech. Bilingualism, 19(1), 122-140. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1366728914000832

Flawed self-assessment : Investigating self-and other-perception of second language speech. / Trofimovich, Pavel; Isaacs, Talia; Kennedy, Sara; Saito, Kazuya; Crowther, Dustin.

In: Bilingualism, Vol. 19, No. 1, 01.01.2016, p. 122-140.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Trofimovich, P, Isaacs, T, Kennedy, S, Saito, K & Crowther, D 2016, 'Flawed self-assessment: Investigating self-and other-perception of second language speech', Bilingualism, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 122-140. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1366728914000832
Trofimovich, Pavel ; Isaacs, Talia ; Kennedy, Sara ; Saito, Kazuya ; Crowther, Dustin. / Flawed self-assessment : Investigating self-and other-perception of second language speech. In: Bilingualism. 2016 ; Vol. 19, No. 1. pp. 122-140.
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