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English with an accent: A study of attitudes among Swedish adolescents regarding British and Middle Eastern varieties of English
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study examines the attitudes of adolescent Swedes towards speakers of British and Middle Eastern varieties of English. Due to the ongoing wars in the Middle East and elsewhere, and thus the stream of refugees seeking sanctuary in Sweden and other European countries, many children from diverse backgrounds have been and will be enrolled in Swedish schools. Considering their right to democratic, humane and inclusive education, it is of importance to identify and oppose possible prejudice and preconceptions towards foreign languages, cultures and religions at an early state. This study aims towards this goal. The study, carried out among Swedish teenagers, is based on a matched-guise test in combination with an Osgood scale. The pre-recorded speakers were from Iran, Syria, and Britain.

      The results of the study prove that there were preconceptions regarding Middle Eastern varieties of English, yet they can be both positive and negative. It is evident that the majority of the informants perceived the Middle Eastern speakers of English negatively with regard to traits that may be related to education, economy and intelligence, yet they rated the same speakers positively with regard to traits that may be correlated to emotional and social capacity. Interestingly enough, the study also provides evidence to suggest that British speakers of English are perceived favourably with regard to traits that may be related to education, economy and intelligence, yet negatively with regard to traits that may be correlated to emotional and social capacity. Overall, the study mainly provided results that confirm findings of previous research within the field.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 38
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LÄRARUTBILDNINGEN
Keywords [en]
language perception, Sweden, sociolinguistics, Middle Eastern English, non-standard varieties, language and culture, matched-guise tests, Osgood scale
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-40161OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-40161DiVA, id: diva2:1229865
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English
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Available from: 2018-07-26 Created: 2018-07-02 Last updated: 2018-07-26Bibliographically approved

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