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Seattle to Spokane: Mapping Perceptions of English in Washington State
Evans, Betsy E.
Article from Journal - ilmiah internasional
Journal of English Linguistics (Full Text) vol. 41 no. 3 (Sep. 2013)
Journal of English Linguistics-2013-Evans-268-91.pdf
This research explores perceptions of linguistic variation in English in Washington state (WA). Respondents marked on a map of WA the places where they believe people’s English sounds “different” and provided a label for that type of English. The analysis of the results used digital tools to create composite maps consisting of (1) respondents’ spatial perceptions of English in WA, (2) spatial perceptions of English in WA according to different demographic groups, and (3) affective values associated with regions identified by respondents. The results suggest that Washingtonians perceive that urban areas and eastern WA are places where English is different. The results also demonstrate that when respondents are surveyed about variation within their own state rather than variation across the country, local types of organizational categories, such as an urban/rural dichotomy or belief in a regional standard, can emerge.
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