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Figuring Out Who's Who: Social Categorization and Stereotypes as Determinants of Attitudes Toward Georgian Accents
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9923-0775
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A matched-guise experiment tested the prediction that variation in language attitudes can arise due to differences in both social categorization and stereotypes. Participants from three different ethnolinguistic groups – Georgians (= 780), Armenians (n = 591), Azerbaijanis (n = 544) – listened to audio recordings of a story read in Tbilisi-accented Georgian (standard variety) and Mingrelian-accented Georgian (nonstandard variety). We predicted that, compared to Armenians and Azerbaijanis, Georgians would evaluate the Tbilisi-accented guise more favorably and the Mingrelian-accented guise less favorably because they would (a) be more accurate in their categorization of both guises and (b) have more positive (negative) stereotypes of Tbiliselis (Mingrelians). These hypotheses were largely supported. Georgians evaluated the Tbilisi-accented guise more favorably and the Mingrelian-accented guise less favorably than Armenians and Azerbaijanis. Georgians were more accurate than Armenians and Azerbaijanis in their categorization of both guises. Participants who correctly categorized the Tbilisi-accented guise evaluated it more favorably than participants who miscategorized it. Among participants who correctly categorized the Tbilisi-accented guise, Georgians evaluated it most favorably, suggesting they had the most positive stereotypes of Tbiliselis. Conversely, participants who correctly categorized the Mingrelian-accented guise evaluated it less favorably than participants who miscategorized it. Among participants who correctly categorized the Mingrelian-accented guise, Georgians evaluated it less favorably than Azerbaijanis (but not Armenians), suggesting they had more negative stereotypes of Mingrelians than did Azerbaijanis. These results provide compelling evidence that variation in language attitudes can arise due to differences in both categorization and stereotypes. Theoretical and methodological implications will be discussed.

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Bangkok, 2016.
Keyword [en]
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-321961OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-321961DiVA: diva2:1095410
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15th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP)
Available from: 2017-05-13 Created: 2017-05-13 Last updated: 2017-05-13

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