A Study of Listeners’ Attitudes towards Five Accents of British English
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The study reports results from a survey using quantitative, descriptive and qualitative analysis of results from 28 listeners’ responses to 5 accents of British English. Patterns of accent evaluation, in terms of attractiveness, intelligence, and some other variables were investigated. Many of the findings in the study confirm previous research. The speaker’s accent associated with standard speech is favoured in the majority of variables and speakers’ accents associated with regional varieties were generally downgraded. The study also investigated implications for speakers considering a career in Speech and Language Therapy, where communication skills are essential (RCSLT, 2007) which has not been evidenced previously.
B.Sc.(Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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