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date: 06 August 2020

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This chapter surveys important approaches and findings related to language attitude studies. It begins by attending to the kinds of evaluations and images people are able to deduce from voices and attention is focused on judgments conveyed by standard and nonstandard features of accents, how they are developed, and their role in subjective comprehensibility. Thereafter, attitudes toward accents are addressed in a broader context (e.g., alongside verbal content, facial appearance, and the linguistic landscape), highlighting their importance to people’s social identity and emotional expression. Finally, a new model of language attitudes is introduced that attends to their complexity and role in ongoing discourse and information management. In addition and as a means of providing conceptual coherence to the literature (and particularly in the recent context of so many emergent models), nine organizing principles of language attitudes inspired by Dragojevic, Giles, and Watson’s (2013) complementary innovations are crafted.

Keywords: Language attitudes, accent, dialect, voice evaluations, social identity, emotional expression, comprehensibility, facial appearance, verbal content

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