Accent preference - stereotypes or individual?: Swedish university students' attitudes towards British and American varieties of English.
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 20 p.
english linguistics, english, linguistics, sociolinguistics, language, attitudes, gender, accents, language varieties
General Language Studies and Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-77330OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-77330DiVA: diva2:531520
Shaw, Philip, Professor
Kuteeva, Maria, Associate Professor