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Bachelor of Arts (Language Studies) Honours


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences


In various countries there has been much research involving attitudes to standard and non-standard language (for example Giles, Baker and Fielding 1975, Strongman and Woosley 1967, Cheyne 1970), much of which has found a tendency to ascribe speakers of a standard dialect or accent with higher values in status traits such as intelligence, but lower values in solidarity traits such as sincerity, than speakers of a non-standard dialect or accent. The current research investigated and compared the attitudes towards standard Japanese and the Osaka dialect. The participants were 5 males and females born and raised in Tokyo and 5 males and females born and raised in Osaka. These participants heard an answering machine message of the same content in both standard Japanese and Osaka dialect and judged the speakers on various status and solidarity traits. Similar to previous research in the same field, the current research also found the speaker of a standard language in general, in this case standard Japanese, was perceived to possess higher status traits, but lower solidarity traits than the speaker of a regional dialect, in this case Osaka dialect.


The thesis has been written in Japanese


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