Social factors and non-native attitudes towards varieties of spoken English: a Japanese case study

McKenzie, Robert (2008) Social factors and non-native attitudes towards varieties of spoken English: a Japanese case study. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 18 (1). pp. 63-88. ISSN 0802-6106

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Abstract

This paper, through the employment of a verbal-guise study and techniques incorporated from perceptual dialectology, investigated the attitudes of 558 Japanese university students towards six varieties of English speech. Although the results suggest a particularly favourable attitude towards standard and non-standard varieties of UK and US English in terms of 'status', informants expressed greater 'solidarity' with a Japanese speaker of heavily-accented English. Differences in the students' gender, self-perceived proficiency in English, exposure to English and evaluations of varieties of Japanese all had significant effects on the informants' attitudes. The findings are discussed in relation to the pedagogical and language planning implications in English language teaching inside and outside Japan.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q100 Linguistics
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 26 May 2010 14:02
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2017 15:17
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1117

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