It’s Not Therapy: An Investigation of Speech-Language Pathologists’ Perceptions of Effective Accent Modification Services for Adult Speakers and College Students' Perceptions of Accents Contingent Upon Their Exposure to Diverse Speakers
The purpose of this study was two-fold. First, I investigated speech-language pathologists’ (SLPs) perceptions of accent modification services for adult speakers. Second, I examined college students’ perceptions of accents. In addition, I explored how participants’ perceptions may differ contingent upon exposure to and interaction to diverse speakers. I collected data through means of two electronic surveys. I distributed two electronic surveys - one to practicing and former SLPs who provide or provided accent modification services, and another to students at The College of Wooster. I drew four major conclusions. First, SLPs’ perceptions of accent modification services are generally favorable. Second, students have generally favorable perceptions of accents. The third finding revealed that both SLPs and students have a high level of alignment on questions reading their perceptions of accents. The fourth conclusion is students with high neighborhood exposure had a higher level of agreement concerning statements regarding accents relative to students with low neighborhood exposure.
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Burke, Samantha, "It’s Not Therapy: An Investigation of Speech-Language Pathologists’ Perceptions of Effective Accent Modification Services for Adult Speakers and College Students' Perceptions of Accents Contingent Upon Their Exposure to Diverse Speakers" (2023). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 10715.
First and Second Language Acquisition
accent, dialect, speech-language pathologists (SLP), accent modification, discrimination, perception
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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