ERIC Number: ED214368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes Linguistiques: Resultats d'une enquete (Language Attitudes: Results of an Investigation).
Apotheloz, Denis; Bysaeth, Leo
An investigation was conducted by students in a linguistics seminar which had two parts, a matched-guise questionnaire and a semantic differential questionnaire. The content and results of the latter are presented here. The objective of this part of the study was to determine what attitudes French-speaking Swiss students had toward languages they knew in one way or another. Eighty-seven questionnaires from 53 women and 34 men, aged 16 to 20 years, were analyzed. The languages involved were English, French, Spanish, Swiss German, Italian, and German. On a separate answer sheet for each language, the respondents were asked to score the language on a scale of 1 to 7 according to 13 adjectives. The adjectives fell into three categories--aesthetic-affective, utility, and learning-comprehension. The most striking result is the great diversity in the number of high or low averages from one language to another. Results are presented separately for each language and are tallied and synthesized in a table showing averages. The contrasts are also shown and discussed. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission Interuniversitaire Suisse de Linguistique Appliquee (Switzerland).
Identifiers: German (Swiss); Semantic Differential Test for Language Attitudes; Switzerland
Note: In Travaux neuchatelois de linguistique (Nechatel Working Papers in Linguistics); No. 2, September 1981, p69-90.