A STUDY OF SOCIAL VARIATION IN ADULT SECOND LANGUAGE AQUISITION

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Abstract

This study focuses on the developing sensitivity of 74 adult English learners to 3 English dialects in their speech community and the extent to which these learners have assimilated community norms regarding dialect speakers. On the basis of a dialect discrimination task, a speaker evaluation task, and a personal interview, the awareness and attitudes of English learners were compared to those of a control group of native English speakers attending the same university. An integration of the results from the three tasks seems to indicate that dialect sensitivity and attitude formation develop in a parallel fashion so that by the advanced level of proficiency, learners have assimilated native dialect attitudes to a surprising extent. Attitudes appear to stem from personal experience which is reinforced by other factors such as the opinions of others and characters presented in the media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-391
Number of pages25
JournalLanguage Learning
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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