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Figuring Out Who's Who: The Role of Social Categorization in the Language Attitudes Process
Univ Kentucky, Dept Commun, 242 Grehan Bldg, Lexington, KY 40506 USA.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9923-0775
Ilia State Univ, Soviet & Postsoviet Studies, Tbilisi, Rep of Georgia.; Amer Councils Int Educ ACTR ACCELS, Georgia Field Off, Tbilisi, Rep of Georgia.
2018 (English)In: Journal of language and social psychology, ISSN 0261-927X, E-ISSN 1552-6526, Vol. 37, no 1, p. 28-50Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examined the role of social categorization in the language attitudes process. Participants (N = 1,915) from three ethnolinguistic groups residing in the republic of Georgia—Georgians, Armenians, and Azerbaijanis—listened to a speaker reading a text in a Tbilisi-accented (standard variety) and a Mingrelian-accented (nonstandard variety) Georgian guise. We predicted that the three groups would vary in their ability to correctly categorize the two guises and that this intergroup variation in categorization accuracy would result in intergroup variation in language attitudes. These hypotheses were supported. Georgians were more accurate than Armenians and Azerbaijanis in their categorization of both guises. The Tbilisi-accented (Mingrelian-accented) guise was evaluated more (less) favorably when categorized correctly than when miscategorized. This resulted in intergroup variation in language attitudes: Overall, Georgians evaluated the Tbilisi-accented (Mingrelian-accented) guise more (less) favorably than Armenians and Azerbaijanis, due in part to Georgians’ higher categorization accuracy of both guises. 

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2018. Vol. 37, no 1, p. 28-50
Keywords [en]
social categorization, categorization accuracy, accent, language attitudes, intergroup
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General Language Studies and Linguistics Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-321514DOI: 10.1177/0261927X17706942ISI: 000415330600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-321514DiVA, id: diva2:1093430
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The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT)Available from: 2017-05-05 Created: 2017-05-05 Last updated: 2018-02-20Bibliographically approved

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