Attitudes towards Georgian and Floridian English

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Attitudes towards Georgian and Floridian English

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Attitudes towards Georgian and Floridian English
Author: Put, Ruben Baruch van de
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: Accent Judgment
Southern U.S. English
Abstract: This study focuses on the various attitudes towards Southern U.S. English; Georgian and Floridian English in particular. The research was executed through a questionnaire where the participants judged Georgian and Floridian speakers on their likability and their perceived intelligence on a 9-point Likert scale. These participants were 14 L2 speakers of English, who were first-year students of English Language and Culture at Leiden University. The questionnaire was divided into a section with audio fragments of the speakers asking questions and a section with audio fragments of the speakers speaking words. This separation was included to create a distinction between the global (larger phrases, such as sentences and the aforementioned questions) and the local accent (smaller phrases, such as words). The results indicated that on both likability and perceived intelligence, the Floridians were judged more positively. Moreover, the results indicated a positive correlation between the judgment based on likability and the judgment based on perceived intelligence.
Supervisor: Horslund, Camilla S.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Engelse Taal en Cultuur (Bachelor)
Specialisation: English Language and Culture
ECTS Credits: 10

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