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ERIC Number: EJ917363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
ISSN: ISSN-0957-1736
Gender Differences in Motivation and L2 Accent Attainment: An Investigation of Young Kurdish Learners of Turkish
Polat, Nihat
Language Learning Journal, v39 n1 p19-41 Apr 2011
Although some earlier studies reported female and child superiority in learning a second language (L2), current research has been inconclusive as to whether, and why, this might be the case. Using a socio-cultural paradigm, this study addresses how motivation, gender and age relate to the attainment of a native-like accent for young Kurdish learners of Turkish. A mixed methodological design was used to collect data from 56 girls and 65 boys at middle and high schools. Results suggested that as the level of integrated orientation increased, accent ratings increased for all participants; introjection, however, was a significant negative predictor of accent native-likeness only for boys. Furthermore, integrated orientation was associated with accent native-likeness for both middle- and high-school students while introjection orientation was a significant negative predictor only for high-school students. Interpreting the qualitative data, the study also presents indicative evidence of the gendered forms of motivation and their relation to native-like accent attainment. (Contains 8 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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