Talent in nonnative phonetic convergence

Natalie Lewandowski
The presented study analyzes the influence of the factor "talent" on phonetic convergence in nonnative interactions. Phonetic convergence occurs when two speakers become more similar in their segemental and suprasegmental pronunciation. Summarizing the findings about the influence of talent on nonnative convergence leads to the assumption that convergence is the default tendency for natural communicative interaction, with talent probably influencing its core mechanisms, causing significant differences to arise between phonetically talented and less talented speakers....
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