Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Foreign Accent
The Phenomenon of Non-native Speech

$45.99 (C)

  • Author: Alene Moyer, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Date Published: October 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107558601

$ 45.99 (C)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • To what extent do our accents determine the way we are perceived by others? Is foreign accent inevitably associated with social stigma? Accent is a matter of great public interest given the impact of migration on national and global affairs, but until now, applied linguistics research has treated accent largely as a theoretical puzzle. In this fascinating account, Alene Moyer examines the social, psychological, educational and legal ramifications of sounding 'foreign'. She explores how accent operates contextually through analysis of issues such as: the neuro-cognitive constraints on phonological acquisition, individual factors that contribute to the 'intractability' of accent, foreign accent as a criterion for workplace discrimination, and the efficacy of instruction for improving pronunciation. This holistic treatment of second language accent is an essential resource for graduate students and researchers interested in applied linguistics, bilingualism and foreign language education.

    • Emphasizes the reception of accent so readers will gain an understanding of the linguistic, as well as non-linguistic, factors by which non-native speakers' accents are judged
    • Integrates sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic theory and empirical findings in L2 phonology
    • Provides a critical review of empirical findings from a broad array of research strands
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "A wonderfully rich and readable treatment of accent in all its complexity … refreshingly nuanced in its comments on the practical matters it addresses."
    David Singleton, Trinity College Dublin

    "Meticulously documented, comprehensive in scope, and well-balanced in its coverage of all of the relevant issues, Moyer's book is the one I wish I had written!"
    Tom Scovel, Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University

    "This insightful volume provides an overview of accent in non-native speech that ranges from Moyer's areas of past expertise - second language phonology, age effects, and the role of individual differences - to broad applications and implications for society, education and politics."
    Julia Herschensohn, University of Washington

    "The specificity of the topic makes the book most appropriate for researchers concerned with second language acquisition, but Moyer's clear writing style and inclusion of a glossary expands the book's appeal for advanced students and language teachers … Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals."
    K. C. Williams, Choice

    "This book is a valuable resource for both students and experts alike who are primarily interested in adult second language contexts. The author succinctly summarizes major movements in the field of second language acquisition and probes into the corners that have only been partially investigated. A wide range of studies is offered as evidence to support the discussions, and the review of counter-indicating studies is scholarly and unbiased."
    Mary Hudgens Henderson, The Linguist List

    "This book will serve as a useful resource. Moyer has respectfully and thoughtfully created a depository for the substantial work that has been done in the area of foreign accent and non-native speech."
    Studies in Second Language Acquisition

    "… a remarkably comprehensive treatment of accent, incorporating insights from multiple relevant fields. Because most of the topics covered interact crucially with social aspects of language, sociolinguists should find this book particularly useful … Moyer succeeds admirably with this book. She provides a broad overview of timely issues in non-native accent research, carefully presenting sophisticated data and arguments in a way that will be at the same time accessible to non-specialists and also informative for those already well-versed in the field."
    Rachel Hayes-Harb, Journal of Sociolinguistics

    'All in all, the volume enriches our understanding of both L2 pronunciation teaching and research. … Second, this account sets out clear guidelines for researchers in the field on how to establish reliability in studies that mainly look at native versus non-native judgments of accented speech and that explore differences between native and non-native speech samples.' Sharif Alghazo, Journal of Second Language Pronunciation

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107558601
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The scope and relevance of accent
    2. Accent and age
    3. Accent and the individual
    4. Accent and society
    5. Accent and the law
    6. Accent and instruction
    7. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Alene Moyer, University of Maryland, College Park
    Alene Moyer is Associate Professor in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland.

Related Books

also by this author

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.