Second-Language Fluency and Person Perception in China and the United States

  title={Second-Language Fluency and Person Perception in China and the United States},
  author={Michael J. V. White and Yan Li},
  journal={Journal of Language and Social Psychology},
  pages={113 - 99}
  • M. White, Y. Li
  • Published 1 June 1991
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Language and Social Psychology
The hypothesis that fluency of non-native speakers would affect how they were perceived by native speakers was examined. Speech samples were first collected from non-native speakers of Chinese and from non-native speakers of English. Each language sample was then rated for fluency, after which 110 native Chinese speakers and 114 native American English speakers rated the non-native speakers of the respective languages on seven personality scales. A multivariate analysis showed that more fluent… Expand
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