Accent perceptions and identity conflicts of university students in China

Huang, Yan and Hashim, Azirah (2022) Accent perceptions and identity conflicts of university students in China. Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 29 (1). 12 – 23. ISSN 1358-684X, DOI

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This paper examines university students’ perceptions towards different English accent varieties and their non-unitary and conflicting identity (re)construction responding the changing configuration of English in China. Findings from interviews and diaries indicate that the participants’ perceptions appear to be under the substantial influence of the different identities they intend to assume. The incompatibility existing in their different identities leads to identity conflicts and attitude schizophrenia. The article proposes a revision of the ongoing teaching paradigm in order to project the current spread and development of English and to attend to the genuine linguistic demands and identity appeals of English language learners in China. © 2021 The editors of Changing English.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: Identity; Accent; China perception; English language; Teaching English; Language learning
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2023 03:35
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2023 03:35

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