You sound attractive! Perceptions of accented English in a multilingual environment

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Title You sound attractive! Perceptions of accented English in a multilingual environment
Author Eisenchlas, Susana Alicia; Tsurutani, Chiharu
Journal Name Australian Review of Applied Linguistics
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Monash University ePress
Abstract Sociolinguistic research on attitudes towards language has revealed that native speakers of English are drawn towards those who share their native accent and respond cautiously, perhaps negatively, towards those speaking in ‘accented’ English (Lambert et al., 1960, 1992). These perceptions greatly disadvantage migrants in competitive job and educational markets. This study investigated perceptions held by Australian university students learning foreign languages towards lecturers with non-standard English accents. The investigators used a modified matched-guised technique to test students’ responses to speech samples from six speakers, one Australian born and raised and five foreign born and raised. Results contrasted clearly with those of previous studies; students rated those who they heard as ‘accented’ speakers highly in many personality dimensions, suggesting the students’ greater readiness to accept foreign accents. The results highlight the importance of foreign language learning in fostering acceptance of linguistic and cultural difference and in facilitating mutual understanding among groups, particularly in multicultural societies.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 ALAA and Monash University ePress. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper, prior to refereeing. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 34
Issue Number 2
Page from 216
Page to 236
ISSN 0155-0640
Date Accessioned 2011-09-15
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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