• Perceiving Identity through Accent Lenses: A Case Study of a Chinese English Speaker’s Perceptions of Her Pronunciation and Perceived Social Identity

    Author(s):
    SLS Working Papers (view group) , Karolina Achirri
    Editor(s):
    Karolina Achirri, Kathy Kim, Shinhye Lee
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    SLS Working Papers
    Subject(s):
    Second language acquisition, Applied linguistics, Identity
    Item Type:
    Online publication
    Tag(s):
    pronunciation, Perceptions
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/56mr-c037
    Abstract:
    Despite globalization making English a lingua franca, little is known how accent relates to learners’ identity. In this case study, I focus on a second language (L2) English user’s perspective. Specifically, I examine a Chinese speaker’s of English perceptions of the relationship between identity and pronunciation (accent). Drawing on Norton’s (2000) notion of identity, I applied a 6-point Likert scale questionnaire and conducted an in-depth semistructured interview. My findings indicate that accent and identity are closely linked, but my participant was not willing to sacrifice intelligible speech to identify with the American society. For this participant, speaking comprehensibly was more important than developing a new L2 identity. I delineate possible pedagogical implication and suggestions for future research.
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