Journal article

Pronunciation and Comprehension in English as a Lingua Franca communication: Effect of L1 influence in International Aviation Communication


Applied Linguistics | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2018


This article explores the issues of pronunciation and comprehension in the English as a lingua franca (ELF) context of pilot–air traffic controller radiotelephony communication, and how these are handled in the proficiency rating scale globally used to assess pilots and air traffic controllers engaging in international flight and air traffic control. Based on an analysis of live radiotelephony discourse, feedback from aviation experts on sources of miscommunication, and an investigation of the phonetic features of key turns in the discourse, we present results indicating that L1-influenced pronunciation is one of the major factors causing miscommunication on the part of the speaker, together..

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University of Melbourne Researchers