Accents, Alcohol and Identity: The Legacy of an Israeli Psycholinguist

Alexander Guiora had his students recite texts in a foreign language to hear their pronunciation, and then had them read them again – after drinking alcohol. The results were surprising.

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Why do people studying a foreign language often have trouble pronouncing it and getting rid of their mother-tongue accents? That question occupied Prof. Alexander Z. Guiora, who was the first chief...