ESL learners' perceptions of American dialects Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Damann, Melissa M.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Linguistics
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  • This study was conducted to determine how ESL (English as a Second Language) learners' perception of American dialects differs from the perception of native American English speakers. 39 ESL students and 18 native speakers listened to and rated eight different speakers, representing four different dialects (i.e. Standard American English, Southern American English, African American English and Latino English). These speakers were rated on status, solidarity and language proficiency-related characteristics. The ESL and native speaker groups ranked the dialect groups similarly on status-related features (i.e. successful, smart, confident). However, the test groups had markedly different rankings of the dialect groups for solidarity-related features (i.e. dependable, funny, friendly). The ESL and native speaker groups had similar rankings concerning the speakers' language proficiency (i.e. speaking English well). However, with the exception of the Standard dialect, the ESL group generally viewed each dialect's proficiency more positively than the native speaker group.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Linguistics."
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  • Mora-Marín, David
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  • Master of Arts
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  • 2006
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