The tendency to stereotype and linguistic proficiency

Evans, Jennifer (2014) The tendency to stereotype and linguistic proficiency. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation critically analyses the relationship between the tendency to stereotype and a person’s linguistic and cultural proficiency – or their intercultural competence. Despite there being a vast amount of research into many different aspects of stereotyping, it is important to investigate and further our knowledge of the link between learning languages and stereotyping, for reasons such as multiculturalism and globalisation. These are very important aspects of modern life and therefore learning more about this specific topic could help to motivate more adults and children to study and learn languages. Questionnaires were used by the author as part of the methodological approach to exploring this area. This was studied in relation to different levels of abilities in a language (monolingual, beginner, intermediate, advanced and bilingual) which refers to the term linguistic competencies, as well as the capability to communicate in a number of languages, referred to as multilingual proficiencies. The hypotheses stated that firstly there is a link between linguistic competencies and multilingual proficiencies, and stereotyping, and secondly that the tendency to stereotype is lower as a result of higher linguistic competencies and multilingual proficiencies, due to an increased level of intercultural competence. The results from the questionnaire supported the hypotheses and overall it was concluded that there is a link; that the tendency to stereotype decreases as linguistic competencies and multilingual proficiencies increase.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 11:28
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:45

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