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ERIC Number: ED521543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 223
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-6425-0
The Spoken Self: An Ethnographic Exploration of Accent and Identity
Rehn, Stefanie
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University
This study examines the relationship between accent and identity in three Chinese graduate students attending a large research-one university in the northeastern United States. The study is based on Och's (1993) concept if identity as jointly constructed by the individual herself and the persons and conventions of her culture. It also examines the construct of the myth of native speaker superiority as it relates to the three study participants. Data points for this study include interviews, a questionnaire, extended self-recordings, and ethnographic observations and were collected over the course of approximately ten months. Data analysis is conducted using both grounded theory (Glaser & Strauss 1967) and critical discourse analysis (CDA) as laid out by Fairclough (1989). Results include a case study of each individual as well as a cross-case analysis, in which the latent themes of intersubjectivity, social identity, and agency are examined. Conclusions reveal the way the myth of non-native speaker inferiority weaves through the lives of these participants and examines the very delicate balance they negotiate as they explore their own identities with respect to this myth. Finally, implications for classroom practice are discussed, and the use of CDA with second-language students is advocated. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States