Speaking under workload in first and second languages: Implications for training and design

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An emphasis on multinational cooperation (e.g. Air Traffic Control, Disaster Response) can require people to communicate in a second language. There is little work on the interaction between workload and speech production in a second language. This paper explores the potential impact of workload on the production of speech in a Stroop task. A group of Chinese students completed the task in Mandarin (L1) or English (L2) and their performance was compared with a group of students speaking English. The results suggest that changes in workload affect speech production, and that these effects are increased when responding in a second language. Responding in a second language is cognitively demanding and can be easily disrupted by increases in workload.


Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
EventContemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2014 - Southampton, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Apr 201410 Apr 2014


ConferenceContemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom

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