Communication between native and non-native speakers of English in noise

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Authors
  1. Nakashima, A.
  2. Abel, S.
  3. Smith, I.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN)
Abstract
Communication between multilingual speakers in noisy environments can be problematic for both civilian and military operations. Pilots and air-traffic controllers communicate in high-workload situations, often in their second language [1]. For military personnel, battlefield communication in multi-national operations can be further complicated by extreme noise exposure from armoured vehicles, weapons and aircraft flyovers. The wearing of tactical communication and protection systems (TCAPS) provides users with hearing protection and integrated radio communication, but could interfere with face-to-face communication. To date, there have been few studies of the communication effectiveness of non-native speakers in noise wearing hearing protection devices (HPDs), particularly among those with a range of linguistic backgrounds. With two official languages in Canada and a culturally diverse population in the Canadian Armed Forces, this study of communication between native and non-native speakers was conducted in the interest of improving battlefield communication.
Keywords
hearing;communication
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-N013 — External Literature
Date of publication
25 Sep 2015
Number of Pages
2
DSTKIM No
CA041265
CANDIS No
802301
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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