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Title: Swedish is beautiful, Danish is ugly? Investigating the link between language attitudes and spoken word recognition
Contributor(s): Schuppert, Anja (author); Hilton, Nanna Haug (author); Gooskens, Charlotte  (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1515/ling-2015-0003
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Abstract: This paper investigates the hypothesis that attitudes towards a linguistic variety and intelligibility of that variety are linked. This is done by eliciting language attitudes and word recognition scores in 154 Danish and Swedish schoolchildren and adolescents between 7 and 16 years. Language attitudes towards the neighboring language are elicited by means of a matched-guise experiment while word recognition is tested by auditorily presenting the participants with 50 spoken stimuli in their neighboring language (Danish for Swedish children and vice versa) in a picture-pointing task. Results revealed that while Danish children held more positive attitudes towards Swedish than vice versa and their word recognition scores were generally higher than those of their Swedish peers, the correlation between these two variables is very low, indicating that the two variables are only loosely linked.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Linguistics, 53(2), p. 375-403
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
Place of Publication: Germany
ISSN: 1613-396X
Field of Research (FOR): 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
200310 Other European Languages
200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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