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Figuring Out Who's Who: The Role of Social Categorization in the Language Attitudes Process
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9923-0775
2017 (English)In: Journal of language and social psychology, ISSN 0261-927X, E-ISSN 1552-6526Article 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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2017.
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social categorization, categorization accuracy, accent, language attitudes, intergroup
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-321514DOI: 10.1177/0261927X17706942OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-321514DiVA: diva2:1093430
Available from: 2017-05-05 Created: 2017-05-05 Last updated: 2017-05-05

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