When speaking English is not enough: The consequences of Language-based stigma for non-native speakers
AffiliationUniversity Centre Shrewsbury, University of Chester
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AbstractWe explored the effects of language-based stigma on the relationship between native and non-native speakers. In two studies we found that stigmatized non-native speakers experienced more negative interpersonal interactions, higher levels of intergroup threat, and reduced performance on an English test compared to non-native speakers who did not experience stigma. These effects were mediated by anxiety and moderated by prevention-related goals. Furthermore, native speakers perceived stigmatized (vs. not-stigmatized) speakers’ accents as stronger and their commitment to living in the host country as weaker. Our findings suggest that experiencing language-based stigma can: a) incite a stereotype threat response from non-native speakers, and b) damage their relationship with native speakers on an interpersonal and intergroup level.
CitationBirney, M. E., Rabinovich, A., Morton, T. A., Heath, H. & Ashcroft, S. (2019). When speaking English is not enough: The consequences of language-based stigma for non-native speakers. Journal of Language and Social Psychology.
DescriptionPaper accepted for a Special Issue entitled: Sounding strange(r): Origins, consequences, and boundary conditions of socio-phonetic discrimination.'
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