ERIC Number: ED214388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Stereotyped Attitudes toward Various Portuguese Accents. Focus, Number 4.
Macedo, Donaldo P.
Research has demonstrated that many linguistic features correlate with social stratification of speakers and that these features often serve as social identifiers that trigger language stereotypes. An experiment was conducted to verify these findings with regard to Portuguese ethnic groups. Judges from four Portuguese-speaking ethnic groups listened to a series of tape recordings of eight speakers of Portuguese reading a standard passage. The speakers represented Continental, Brazilian, Capeverdean, and Azorean speakers; half were college educated and half had a fourth grade education. Personality characteristics of each speaker were evaluated from voice and speech clues. The data provided evidence that judges recognized ethnic educational, and social class differences. Noneducated speakers were generally rated lower than their educated counterparts. Capeverdean and Azorean speakers were given a low rating by judges from these ethnic groups. Pedagogical implications for the language development of speakers of a dialect are discussed in relation to language attitudes and the social reality of the language being taught. (AMH)
Descriptors: Dialect Studies, Ethnic Groups, Language Attitudes, Language Styles, Native Language Instruction, Portuguese, Regional Dialects, Social Dialects, Sociolinguistics, Stereotypes
InterAmerica Research Associates, Inc., National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, 1300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite B2-11, Rosslyn, VA 22209 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Arlington, VA.; InterAmerica Research Associates, Rosslyn, VA.