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Perception of Speakers Based on Accent

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This study explores the connection between accents and the perceptions they produce, between both native English speakers and non-native English speakers. It assesses the degrees of attractiveness, friendliness, and intelligence of six male speakers as perceived by students from a small liberal arts college in the northeastern United States. The speakers in the study represent the following countries: England, India, Jamaica, Russia, the southern United States, and Mexico.
The study shows that the British accented speaker rates highest in all three categories. The southerner from the United States rates lowest in attractiveness and in intelligence, and the Indian accented speaker rates lowest in friendliness. The researchers pose that the reason for these results are due to attributing stereotypes to these accents.

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Burlage, Kristin., Marafka, Jennifer., Parsons, Michael. and Milaski, Justin. "Perception of Speakers Based on Accent" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, New Orleans Sheraton, New Orleans, LA, May 27, 2004 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p113124_index.html>

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Burlage, K. D., Marafka, J. , Parsons, M. and Milaski, J. , 2004-05-27 "Perception of Speakers Based on Accent" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, New Orleans Sheraton, New Orleans, LA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p113124_index.html

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Abstract: This study explores the connection between accents and the perceptions they produce, between both native English speakers and non-native English speakers. It assesses the degrees of attractiveness, friendliness, and intelligence of six male speakers as perceived by students from a small liberal arts college in the northeastern United States. The speakers in the study represent the following countries: England, India, Jamaica, Russia, the southern United States, and Mexico.
The study shows that the British accented speaker rates highest in all three categories. The southerner from the United States rates lowest in attractiveness and in intelligence, and the Indian accented speaker rates lowest in friendliness. The researchers pose that the reason for these results are due to attributing stereotypes to these accents.

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Accent Perceptions 1 Perceptions of Speakers Based on Accent Abstract This study explores the connection between accents and the perceptions they produce between both native English speakers and non-native English speakers. It assesses the degrees of attractiveness friendliness and intelligence of six male speakers as perceived by students from a small liberal arts college in the northeastern United States. The speakers in the study represent the following countries: England India Jamaica Russia the southern United States and Mexico. The
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