ERIC Number: EJ884774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Chinese Perceptions of Inner Circle Varieties of English
Evans, Betsy E.
World Englishes, v29 n2 p270-280 Jun 2010
Research from populations around the world on attitudes to varieties of English is essential in order to have a better understanding of how the complexities of globalization play a role in the form of English as a world language. To that end, university students in China were asked to name countries around the world where they believe English is spoken and indicate what kind of impression they have of those varieties without the presentation of voice stimuli. This type of data elicitation enables the participants themselves to provide the researcher with evaluative categories and avoids problems associated with using voice stimuli. The results indicate that the effect of the cultural hegemony of US English as a variety is complex, and that, contrary to assumptions, US English is unlikely to be a model for a "standard" variety of world English in the traditional sense.
Descriptors: Stimuli, Language Role, Global Approach, Foreign Countries, Cultural Influences, English (Second Language), Attitudes, Perception, Higher Education, Evaluation, College Students, Models
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: China; United States