Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft Leibniz-Gemeinschaft

Conscious and unconscious attitudes toward a foreign accent in the Polish-German context (ATTIT)

When listening to others, we often automatically form certain impressions of our interlocutors, particularly when they speak with a foreign accent. These impressions might be surprising even for ourselves and may not align well with our conscious beliefs or declarations. In our project, we will be using experimental techniques like the Implicit Association Test to gain a deeper understanding of implicit and explicit attitudes towards speakers.

We form personal impressions of our interlocutors based on our voice. A foreign accent can influence these judgments. Our subconscious (latent) judgments can surprise us because they do not necessarily match our conscious (overt) beliefs and statements. Our project uses experimental techniques, including the Latent Associations Test, to better understand the role of foreign language accent in subconscious and conscious judgments about speakers.