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ERIC Number: ED085765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 23
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The Factor Structure of Credibility Reactions to Standard and Foreign Accented English Speech.
Ryan, Michael G.
This study investigated the credibility dimensions underlying standard and nonstandard speech in respect to concept-scale interaction, even though the findings suggest that the factors underlying reactions to nonstandard speech might differ from those underlying reactions to standard speech. The subjects, thirty-two college students enrolled in an introductory speech course, received four randomized treatments. Each treatment consisted of four 40-second tapes. Two modern language instructors read a passage from Aristotle, first in standard English and then in foreign accented English. This process yielded two standard English passages, one Spanish-accented English passage, and one French-accented English passage. The subjects listened to the tapes in varying orders depending upon their treatment groups and then responded to a credibility scale. The results indicated that concept-scale interactions exist even when the concept is operationalized as variations in accent. The dynamism factor disappeared and the authoritativeness factor gained a negative valence when the first speaker switched from standard English to Spanish-accented English. The authoritativeness factor adopted a negative sign and the character factor a positive when switching from standard English to French-accented English. (WR)
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