This project sets out to investigate which features of English pronunciation by Finns compromise intelligibility, how easy the speakers are to understand, and how strong their foreign accent is, when rated by listeners. The study comprises listening tests. Speech samples will be chosen from teenaged Finnish-speaking and Swedish-speaking Finns. The listeners will be British and Finnish youth. Hence, the study also addresses the connection between (speakers’/listeners’) mother tongue and intelligibility
of English. The study will produce knowledge about English pronunciation by Finnish and Swedish-speaking Finns, which is much
needed for the development of pronunciation pedagogy and the planned foreign language oral proficiency test in the matriculation examination. The project runs at the Department of Language and Communication Studies, University of Jyväskylä.