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ERIC Number: EJ957752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1542-7587
Nature and Content of L2 Socialization Patterns and Attainment of a Turkish Accent by Kurds
Polat, Nihat
Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, v8 n3 p261-288 2011
Studies have shown that learners with high degrees of socialization with the target language community acquire the target language better (Lybeck, 2002; Schumann, 1978). Milroy's (1987) use of social network theory in sociolinguistics indicates that socialization patterns are constituted by structural relationships of different types and strengths. Using a cross-sectional design, this study addresses young Kurds' socialization patterns and their acquisition of a Turkish accent. It explores density and multiplexity of nonfamily exchange, interactive and passive Kurdish, Turkish, and both Kurdish/Turkish-speaking networks of Kurdish learners across five native-like accent groups. Data from 121 middle/high school students include speech samples from a read-aloud accent test, questionnaires, interviews, and observations. Results suggest significant variation in participants' accents and reveal that participants with more multiplex Turkish-speaking networks received higher accent ratings. Qualitative results also suggest differences in the density and multiplexity of social networks of participants in low versus high accent groups. (Contains 2 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey