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The social meanings of Welsh English: Teachers’ stereotyped judgements

Coupland, Nikolas John Robert, Williams, A. and Garrett, Peter Donald 1994. The social meanings of Welsh English: Teachers’ stereotyped judgements. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 15 (6) , pp. 471-489. 10.1080/01434632.1994.9994585

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Research into the social meanings of Welsh, Welsh English, and Standard British English has produced mixed findings over the years. For example, Welsh English has been judged as highly as Welsh in some studies; in others, both Welsh English and Standard British English have been downgraded relative to Welsh. This study measured the evaluations of teachers all over Wales to a number of varieties of Welsh English, as well as Standard British English. These varieties were differentiated by all respondents on prestige, dynamism, pleasantness, and truly Welsh‐sounding. Moreover, North Wales teachers were found to have different views from southerners of how Welsh‐sounding each variety was. In addition, Welsh‐speakers differed from non Welsh‐speakers in their judgements of the relative prestige and dynamism of the varieties. Whilst the teachers endorsed the social value of Standard British English as holding most prestige, the South West Wales variety emerged as a contender for the title of Standard Welsh English, being judged not only relatively prestigious, but also dynamic, and the most pleasant and truly Welsh‐sounding of the varieties studied.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0143-4632
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2020 15:53

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