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Upper Secondary Students' Assessment of Four Women Speaking Four Different Varieties of English
Karlstad University, Division for Culture and Communication.
2006 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Society exhibits a wide variety of different languages with various prominent features. At the same time as we honour diversity, however our civilisation is coloured with prejudice and preconceptions. Even if there is a rather liberal view on language use today, dialects and accents still carry positive and negative connotations for a majority of citizens. Research shows, that we are prejudiced and that we have predetermined ideas when it comes to certain language varieties.

In this study, I take up four varieties of Standard English: American, English, Australian and Scottish. I focus on the associations Swedish students make when it comes to these four language varieties and how this transforms into attitudes towards the speakers. A language attitude study is carried out by using a modified Matched Guise Test. I explain the difference between dialect and accent, as well as societal attitudes to language varieties and present some prominent linguists and their methods. Finally, I draw some conclusions by comparing my results to previous findings.

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2006. , p. 34
Keywords [en]
Language attitude research, Standard English varieties, Dialects and accents, Speech communities, MGT
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-125OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-125DiVA, id: diva2:5096
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humaniora/teologi
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Available from: 2006-04-13 Created: 2006-04-13 Last updated: 2018-01-12

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