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ERIC Number: EJ1154446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1479-0718
Preferences for (In)Formal Language: Correlations with Attitudes toward Linguistic Variation, Multilingualism, Tolerance of Ambiguity, and Residence Abroad
van Compernolle, Rémi A.
International Journal of Multilingualism, v14 n4 p317-331 2017
Drawing on data collected via a web-based survey, the study investigates the relationship between preferences for (in)formal language and attitudes toward linguistic variation among a large group of monolingual and multilingual adults (n = 379). Also explored are the links between preferences for (in)formal language and several secondary variables: tolerance of ambiguity, degree of multilingualism, age, experience living abroad, and educational achievement. Participants with more favourable attitudes toward linguistic practices that diverge from standard usage, who were more tolerant of ambiguity, and who had spent at least some time living or working in a foreign country tended to have more informal linguistic preferences. Formality preferences did not, however, appear to be related to knowledge of multiple languages, age, or education. Extending the findings reported in a previous study [van Compernolle, R. A. (2016). Are multilingualism, tolerance of ambiguity, and attitudes toward linguistic variation related? "International Journal of Multilingualism," 13, 61-73], the discussion centres on a multidirectional relationship between the variables of interest, including the mutual influence of language attitudes and formality preferences. Future directions are proposed in the conclusion.
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Language: English
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