The purpose of this study was to examine listeners’ perceptions of Spanish-accented speech. More specifically, this study investigated monolingual and multilingual listeners’ perceptions of a Spanish-accented English speaker’s intelligibility, comprehensibility, accentedness, and fluency. A total of 109 monolingual (n = 56) and multilingual (n = 53) participants completed an online survey. The results revealed no differences between the way monolingual listeners and multilingual listeners perceived the intelligibility, comprehensibility, accentedness, and fluency of Spanish-accented speech; however, the semanticity of the sentence did play a factor in how the listeners rated the speaker. In general, the participants rated the semantically meaningful sentences more favorably than the semantically meaningless sentences. The researcher discusses the implications of the study’s findings for clinical practice.


Furey, Joan


Communication Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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