Stenger, Irina; Avgustinova, Tania

How intelligible is spoken Bulgarian for Russian native speakers in an intercomprehension scenario?

Micheva, Vanya et al. (Ed.): Proceedings of the International Annual Conference of the Institute for Bulgarian Language, 2, pp. 142-151, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2020.

In a web-based experiment, Bulgarian audio stimuli in the form of recorded isolated words are presented to Russian native speakers who are required to write a suitable Russian translation. The degree of intelligibility, as revealed by the cognate guessing task, is relatively high for this pair of languages. We correlate the obtained intercomprehension scores with established linguistic factors in order to determine their influence on the cross-linguistic spoken word recognition. A detailed error analysis focuses on sound correspondences that cause translation problems in such an intercomprehension scenario.