Japanese college students' attitudes towards Japan English and American English

Shoko Sasayama*

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研究成果: Article査読

34 被引用数 (Scopus)

抄録

This study investigated contemporary Japanese college students' attitudes towards Japan English (JE) and American English (AE) through a verbal guise test (VGT) as well as a questionnaire. Forty-four Japanese college students listened to four Japanese and four North Americans reading a text in English, rated them in terms of solidarity-related (e.g. kind versus mean) and power-related (e.g. rich versus poor) words and then answered a questionnaire. The results of the guise test revealed that the Japanese respondents evaluated AE more highly than JE for power items, but preferred JE to AE when it came to solidarity items overall. These results suggest that Japanese college students' language attitudes are not monolithic and may change depending on which aspects of their perceptions are investigated. In addition, the results of the questionnaire revealed that, although the respondents personally preferred AE, they also wanted JE to be accepted internationally. These findings, I argue, suggest a growing possibility of the contemporary, younger generation of Japanese college students considering JE as one legitimate variety of English rather than an 'incorrect' English.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)264-278
ページ数15
ジャーナルJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
34
3
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2013
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • カルチュラル スタディーズ
  • 教育
  • 言語学および言語

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