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How accent and identity influence each other: An investigation of L2 English speakers' perceptions of their own accents and their perceived social identities
by Kumagai, Kazuaki, M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2013, 203; 1537169
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study aims to attain a practical understanding of L2 English speakers' perceptions and understanding of their own English accents and to explore the relationship between their perceptions of accents and their perceived social identities.

Data were collected through interviews with 14 participants. The individual analysis on each participant was reported as a form of narrative. The group analysis across all the participants' narratives demonstrated the complexity of their perceptions and understanding of accents, and the complex and context-dependent nature of the relationship between accents and perceived social identities. Five themes that respond to the research questions emerged from the results and findings. From the discussion of the themes, a heuristic model of identity construction was developed. The model is grounded in three cases of the participants as an explanatory tool for identity construction.

The study provides pedagogical implications for language teachers, and provides some suggestions for future research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Deckert, Sharon K.
Commitee: Hanauer, David I., Park, Gloria
School: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: English as a Second Language, Teacher education, Language
Keywords: Accents, English, Second language, Social identity
Publication Number: 1537169
ISBN: 978-1-303-07216-1
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