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Accent preference - stereotypes or individual?: Swedish university students' attitudes towards British and American varieties of English.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study examines the attitudes of Swedish university students towards the British and the American variety of English. Many studies have shown that perceptions of the varieties are changing as a result of increasing exposure of the language. The present study analyses responses from a questionnaire on speech samples of the two varieties and compares them to a similar study made ten years ago, to investigate possible differences over time and between respondents. The data shows a more positive attitude towards the American variety in general, although female respondents are more prone to conform to the results of previous studies and favour the British variety in aspects of prestige and status. The data also show that this method of research is very sensitive to individual characteristics of the speakers used in the investigation and stresses the difficulties in receiving a reliable general result.

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2012. , 20 p.
Keyword [en]
english linguistics, english, linguistics, sociolinguistics, language, attitudes, gender, accents, language varieties
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-77330OAI: diva2:531520
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-12-13 Created: 2012-06-07 Last updated: 2012-12-13Bibliographically approved

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