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ERIC Number: EJ789753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0790-8318
English Variety for the Public Domain in Kenya: Speakers' Attitudes and Views
Kioko, Angelina Nduku; Muthwii, Margaret Jepkirui
Language, Culture and Curriculum, v16 n2 p130-145 2003
The study sought to establish the attitudes of Kenyan speakers (n = 210) towards three varieties of English: (1) ethnically marked Kenyan English, (2) standard Kenyan English and (3) native speaker English (British, American, Australian, etc). Of the three varieties, the most preferred by both rural and urban respondents for use in the media and education was standard Kenyan English. Most of the respondents also considered this as the variety used by successful professionals like lawyers, doctors, engineers and successful business people. Contrary to expectation, intelligence, ambition, expertness and confidence are attributed to speakers not when they use native varieties of English but when they use the non-ethnic-marked variety of Kenyan English. The study suggests that further research should be less concerned about the deviation of Kenyan English from native speaker norms and concentrate more on the formal description of the variety of English that Kenyan speakers overwhelmingly prefer. (Contains 11 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kenya