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Effects of imitation on language attitudes associated with regional and standard accents of British English

Adank, P; (2015) Effects of imitation on language attitudes associated with regional and standard accents of British English. Presented at: International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, United Kingdom. Green open access

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Abstract

This study investigated whether and how imitation of sentences spoken in Liverpool English (LE) and Standard Southern British English (SSBE), affected attitudes related to these accents. LE has low prestige and low social attractiveness, while SSBE has high prestige and high attractiveness. A previous study showed that imitation positively affects social attractiveness, but not prestige, for an accent with low attractiveness and low prestige. It is unclear how imitation affects attitudes for accents with high attractiveness and high prestige. For both accents, participants repeated or imitated sentences. They gave prestige and attractiveness ratings for either accent at three points: before the experiment (baseline, before participants had heard the accent) and after each repeat/imitation session. A positive effect of imitation on attractiveness was found for LE, but not for SSBE. Also, an effect of audio exposure is reported: ratings were less stereotypical after listening to sentences spoken in the accent.

Type: Conference item (UNSPECIFIED)
Title: Effects of imitation on language attitudes associated with regional and standard accents of British English
Event: International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Location: United Kingdom
Dates: 10 August 2015 - 14 August 2015
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/i...
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivativeWorks 3.0 license. You are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit the work), but you must attribute the author, you may not use this work for commercial purposes and you may not alter, transform, or build upon this work and distribute any derivative works you create under a similar license.
Keywords: Speech, Accent, Imitation, Attitudes
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1468561
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