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The Social Psychology of English as a Global Language


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1.The Global Spread of English and the Role of English in Japan.1.1. Globalisation, the Spread of English and World Englishes.1.2 The English Language in Japan.1.2.1 History of Japanese contact with the English language.1.2.2 English in the Japanese education system.1.2.3 The English language media in Japan.1.2.4 The influence of English in Japan.References.- 2.The Study of Language Attitudes.2.1 Attitudes in Social Psychology.2.1.1 Attitudes and related terms.2.1.2 Mentalist and behaviourist theories of attitudes. 2.1.3 Functions of attitudes.2.2 Language Attitudes.2.2.1 The importance of language attitudes in second language acquisition.2.2.2 The importance of the study of language attitudes in sociolinguistics.References.- 3. Relevant Language Attitude Research.3.1 The Measurement of Language Attitudes.3.1.1 The societal treatment approach.3.1.2 The direct approach.3.1.3 The indirect approach.3.1.4 A mixed methodological approach.3.2 Previous Language Attitude Research.3.2.1 Attitudes of native speakers towards the English language.3.2.2 Language attitudes and non-native speakers.3.2.3 Attitudes towards the English language in Japan.3.2.4 Attitudes towards varieties of English in Japan.References.- 4. The Research Design of the Study.4.1 The Aims of the Study.4.1.1 The research questions.4.2 The Varieties of Speech Selected.4.2.1 The recording of the speech varieties.4.2.2 Background of the selected speakers.4.2.3 Transcript of speakers.4.3 The Choice of Background Variables in the Study.4.4 The Choice of Informants.4.5 The Research Instrument.4.5.1 Part one: the verbal-guise technique.4.5.2 Part two: dialect recognition item.4.5.3 Part three: perceptual dialectology.4.5.4 Part four: background information of participants.4.6 The Pilot Study.4.7 Procedure: The Administration of the Research instrument.References.- 5.The Results and Discussion.5.1 Description of Participants.5.2 Overview of the Statistical Techniques Employed in the Data Analyses.5.2.1 Analysis of variance. 5.2.2 The t-test.5.2.3 Multivariate analysis of variance.5.2.4 Principal components analysis. 5.3 The Verbal-Guise Study: Results of the Speaker Evaluations.5.3.1 Speaker evaluations: preliminary data.5.3.2 Speaker evaluations: all traits.5.3.3 Principal components analysis: the reduction of the data collected.5.3.4 Speaker evaluations: analysis of components extracted.5.4 Effects of Background Variables on Speaker Evaluations.5.4.1 Gender.5.4.2 Self-perceived competence in English.5.4.3 Previous exposure to English.5.4.4 Regional provenance.5.4.5 Summary of main effects of background variables on speaker evaluations. 5.4.6 Interaction effects of background variables on speaker evaluations.5.5 Effects of Perceptions of Non-Standard Japanese on Speaker Evaluations.5.5.1 Preliminary analysis.5.5.2 Summary of effects of perceptions of non-standard Japanese and background variables on speaker evaluations.5.6 Identification of (Speakers of) Varieties of English.5.6.1 Recognition rates.5.6.2 Analysis of identifications and misidentifications.5.6.3 Speaker evaluations and (mis)identification.References.- 6.Wider Implications and Conclusions.6.1 The Research Questions.6.1.1 Are learners able to identify varieties of English Speech?6.1.2 Do learners of English hold different attitudes towards (a) standard/non-standard and (b) native/non-native varieties of English speech? How are the varieties perceived by the learners?6.1.3 What social variables (if any) appear to be significant in determining the learners' attitudes towards the different varieties of English speech?6.1.4 Do the language attitudes that learners hold towards varieties of their native language influence any perceptions they may have of varieties of English?6.1.5 What are the pedagogical implications (if any) of the findings for the choice of linguistic model(s) e


From the reviews: "The implications of this study will surely trigger more multifaceted discussions regarding research methods and ways of interpreting findings. I also recommend that teachers and learners of English read the book since it encourages more theoretical understanding of communication in English and provides critical examinations of illocutionary forces and the consequences of teaching practices." (Yoshitake Masaki, Language Problems and Language Planning, 2011) "This book is a comprehensive and in-depth quantitative study that investigates language attitudes of Japanese learners of English toward varieties of English from a social-psychological perspective. ... should be widely read by quantitatively and qualitatively oriented researchers and students who are engaged in studies on attitudes to language and those who are interested in English as a global language. ... I also recommend that teachers and learners of English read the book since it encourages more theoretical understanding of communication in English ... ." (Masaki Yoshitake, Language Problems & Language Planning, Vol. 35 (3), 2011)

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