Author Topic: Perception of Outer Circle Englishes  (Read 1576 times)

Offline hiphiphooray

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Perception of Outer Circle Englishes
« on: June 05, 2015, 07:38:21 AM »
Hi guys!

For my BA thesis, I'm looking to find out what learners of English think about outer circle Englishes (according to Kachru's model). It'd be great, if you identify as a non-native English speaker, if you could fill out my survey!! I'd be very thankful.
http:// goo.gl/forms/ 7wWo3KrWbQ  (no spaces  ;))

Thank you in advance!!

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Re: Perception of Outer Circle Englishes
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2015, 08:54:02 AM »
That's a very interesting subject.  I'm a native speaker (inner circle), so can't help with the questionnaire.  I was curious about the questions, and I just managed to get the link to work.  I'll take a look at the questions.  It looks like you are confining the survey to people with linguistic training.  Is that right?
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Offline hiphiphooray

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Re: Perception of Outer Circle Englishes
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2015, 10:50:16 AM »
yes, some linguistic background is necessary- my main target were students at my department. I thought it would be interesting to see what the perceptions would be, with the knowledge of English varieties. I thought perhaps someone who may not be aware there are more varieties than American/British/Australian English may be more likely to think Indian and South African English are not "real" English varieties, but simply non-native accents.
Any comments or suggestions are welcome towards the survey and/or study!

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Re: Perception of Outer Circle Englishes
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2015, 11:37:50 AM »
It just struck me that the questions would probably need to be slightly different for someone who wasn't trained in linguistics.  For example, an untrained person might find it more difficult to distinguish between "proper English" and "correct English", and some might have a little trouble with more technical labels like "syntax".  More importantly, though, is that linguists are trained not to be judgmental about language, so your results would be skewed in that sense.  I did not look at all of the questions, but it would be interesting to track whether the person answering the questions had taken at least an introductory course in linguistics.  I'm just curious as to how linguists' attitudes differ (or agree with) the judgments of the language community at large.

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Re: Perception of Outer Circle Englishes
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2015, 04:39:37 AM »
Yes, I agree. Good point with the tracking of a linguistic course, I made the mistake of assuming everyone who had access to the survey would have at least some basic linguistics knowledge, due to the platforms I posted it on - oops. I'll post the survey results here when it's done.