"Give Me Your Name and I'll tell You Whether You Speak with an Accent" The Effect of Proper Names Ethnicity on Listener Expectations

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ID Serval
serval:BIB_3BBF35605B3E
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
"Give Me Your Name and I'll tell You Whether You Speak with an Accent" The Effect of Proper Names Ethnicity on Listener Expectations
Périodique
CALL: Irish Journal for Culture, Arts, Literature and Language
Auteur(s)
Prikhodkine Alexei, Saavedra David Correia, Dos Santos Mamed Marcelo
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
05/12/2016
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
1
Numéro
1
Pages
1-15
Langue
anglais
Résumé
The mastery of a national language tends to be regarded as a key element in foreigners’
integration in Switzerland and as a gateway to equal opportunity. In this article, the
limitations of this claim are explored through a study measuring the effect of proper names’
ethnicity on speech perception. A hundred and fifty Swiss respondents had to rate six
speakers who were presented as candidates for a job as a communication manager in a Swiss
bank. These six speakers spent most of their lives in French-speaking Switzerland and spoke
the Standard variety. Our findings indicate that a proper name with an ethnic minority
component can result in their bearers being judged as having more foreign accent and as
being less suitable for the job. Results are discussed in terms of a discrepancy between
cultural nationality and legal citizenship in modern nation-states. This article also shows that
studying the effect of proper names, and more generally fine-grained non-verbal cues, on
speech perception is a promising research domain in the sociolinguistics of migration, as it
provides us with a multi-dimensional appreciation of ethnic identities.
Mots-clé
accent, migration, proper names, Reverse Linguistic Stereotyping, Standard Variety, speech perception
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06/12/2016 18:43
Dernière modification de la notice
20/08/2019 13:31
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