ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PUPILS’ ATTITUDES TOWARDS GEOGRAPHICAL VARIATION IN POPULAR CULTURE TEXTS: EVIDENCE FROM GREEK DATA

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

MENON ©online Journal Of Educational Research, 4th Issue, April 2017, University of Western Macedonia - Faculty of Education, Issue 4, Florina, Greece, p.10 (2017)

Keywords:

Attitudes, elementary school pupils, geographical varieties, popular culture texts, “matched-guise” technique

Abstract:

The aim of the present study is to explore the metapragmatic stereotypes of elementary school pupils towards geographical varieties, using as stimulus a TV commercial, in order to understand how they perceive and define these varieties. Specifically, we look into the children’s beliefs on the overt and covert prestige of geographical varieties and dialect speakers, that is, on the acceptability that varieties and their speakers may have within and outside their social space (Τrudgill 1974). The research findings indicate that the children of our sample associate varieties to specific geographical and communicative context and specific social groups. Pupils therefore appear to follow the dominant metapragmatic stereotypes of strictly bounded language varieties, and don’t seem to challenge the assumption of distinct and autonomous varieties

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