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Date:  Fri, 27 Nov 1998 10:02:47 +0100
From:  Rint Sybesma <rint at hagpub.com>
Subject:  Socioling: M. vd Haagen, Caught between norms: American or British

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Date:  Fri, 27 Nov 1998 10:02:47 +0100
From:  Rint Sybesma <rint at hagpub.com>
Subject:  Socioling: M. vd Haagen, Caught between norms: American or British

>>From Holland Academic Graphics:

The English Pronunciation of Dutch Learners
Caught between Norms

Monique van der Haagen

This book aims to show to what extent this is true that the
English pronunciation of young Dutch speakers sounds more
and more American. It reports on the English pronunciation of
204 secondary school pupils in Amsterdam, Groningen, Venlo
and Nijmegen. In addition, it investigates what character traits
these pupils associate with male and female speakers of British
and American English. This was done by means of a listening
test in which the pupils judged a total of twelve speakers of
both varieties on a number of such traits. Finally, it attempts to
relate the pupils' pronunciation to the results of attitude as well
as preference tests.
   The production data reveal that in free speech 40% of the
occurrences of the variables investigated show an American
pronunciation. The preference test shows that the pupils regard
British English as the norm, but that there is a shift in
preference towards American English for most of the variables.
The attitude test showed that Americans and Britons were
considered equal in social status, but Americans are considered
more dynamic, especially female speakers. There was a
considerable difference between learners from different
educational levels, and between learners from different
geographical areas, but, contrary to the usual sociolinguistic
finding, there was no difference between male and female
subjects in any of the tests.

Contents: 1. Introduction  2. Method  3. Pronunciation  4.
Attitudes  5. Recognition and preference  6. Conclusion

1998. viii+138 pp. ISBN: 90 5569 055 4. Paperback. [LOT
International Series 12. CLS/Nijmegen University dissertation.]
Price for individuals ordering directly from the publisher: NLG
29.60.

Holland Academic Graphics
<http://www.hagpub.com>

PO Box 53292
2505 AG The Hague
The Netherlands
fax: +31 70 448 0177



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