Date of Completion
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Second Honors Major
Acting | Music Practice | Other Linguistics | Other Music | Performance Studies | Phonetics and Phonology | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology
This study investigates the intersection of musical ability and accent imitation, more specifically defining what factors cause a relationship between the two. The study was run on 50 participants, who each completed an accent imitation ability assessment, a musical ability assessment, and an articulation ability assessment. The scores for the accent imitation portion were rated by anonymous online raters. Each participant filled out a questionnaire on prior musical experience and were either classified as a musician or non-musician. The analysis found that those in the musician group performed better on the musical ability, articulation, and accent ability assessment than non-musicians. I concluded that melody and beat were the two main factors influencing the musicians' superior accent imitation skills. I also found through correlational analysis that good performance on the articulation assessment was the best determiner of good accent imitation ability.
Murljacic, Maria, "Musical Ability and Accent Imitation" (2020). Honors Scholar Theses. 688.