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What synonyms can be used for the verb "to accent" in the meaning to pronounce in a non-native like manner? For example:

Of the three target sounds [bla], [bla] and [bla] two segments were ”accented” by the subjects of the experiment as [bla*] and [bla*].

I am writing a paper on a foreign accent and have to describe typical mistakes in pronunciation.

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Please edit your question and add several actual examples, for example by listing numerous words often mispronounced, or by listing with their mispronunciations a few words often mispronounced. –  jwpat7 Feb 10 '12 at 20:10
    
another example:What is only evident from our data is that [ø̞] is most often accented as [y]. –  Elena Feb 10 '12 at 20:27
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'mispronounced'? –  Mitch Feb 10 '12 at 20:27
    
and here accented is ambiguous, since readers may think of "word stress" –  Elena Feb 10 '12 at 20:28
    
Quite a good idea! This one did not come into my head. Thanks. –  Elena Feb 10 '12 at 20:30

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Since your sentence gives the actual pronunciation, the verb doesn't need to qualify it. Simply use the verb pronounced.

...two segments were pronounced by the subjects of the experiment as [x] and [y]

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A linguistic accent versus a grammatical accent.

Unfortunately there isn't a succinct specialized term to differentiate one from the other. Although it is not very elegant, modifying the verb seems straightforward enough. It is almost idiomatic but still not quite. Speech pattern is the closest in practical terms but is awkward to employ as a verb. Delineating the various aspects of what an "accent" is - linguistically - will give enough proper definition to charge the term you select with the meaning you outline.

Dialect, pronunciation, speech pattern, colloquial, idiomatic.. Also making the point of indicating up front that it is NOT meant grammatically.

Even "dialectal accenting/accentuation" works and isn't too awkward.

Homophones can get slippery every once in a while..

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