Explicit and implicit attitudes of Japanese University students towards variation in L1 and L2 English speech

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Abstract

This large-scale quantitative study, employing both implicit and explicit attitude measures, investigated 127 Japanese university students’ perceptions of UK, US, Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Indian English speech. Multivariate analysis demonstrated that implicit evaluations of Japanese, UK and US English speech were significantly more positive when compared to the other Asian forms of English under consideration, on both status and social attractiveness dimensions.

When questioned explicitly, informants were generally unfavourable towards ‘International English’. The findings are discussed in relation to the relationship between explicit and implicit language attitudes as well as levels of acceptance amongst Japanese students of particular groups of English speakers and, in turn, speculates upon the potential success of the internationalisation agenda within Japanese Higher Education more broadly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Japan Society for Language Sciences (JSLS) Conference 2013
Place of PublicationTokyo
PublisherThe Japanese Society for Language Sciences
Chapter7
Pages119-122
Number of pages4
Volume2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2013
EventJapanese Society for Language Sciences 15th Annual International Conference - Kwassui Women's University, Nagasaki, Japan
Duration: 28 Jun 201330 Jun 2013
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Conference

ConferenceJapanese Society for Language Sciences 15th Annual International Conference
Abbreviated titleJSLS2013
CountryJapan
CityNagasaki
Period28/06/1330/06/13
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