Volume 77, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0169-7420
  • E-ISSN: 2213-4883
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This paper reports on a between subject experiment inwhich the attitudes of 144 highly educated British professionals towards Dutch-accented English and RP were measured. Half of the respondents were familiar with Dutch English, and half unfamiliar. The test items consisted of samples of RP, moderately Dutch-English and lightly Dutch-English accents. Respondents were asked to rate one of the samples on a number of personality traits. An analysis of these traits rates showed a resolution into two factors: STATUS and AFFECT. RP speakers were assigned more Status than both Dutch accents. RP speakers and slightly accented Dutch-English speakers commanded more Affect than moderately accented Dutch English speakers. In addition, respondents unfamiliar with Dutch English had a more positive attitude towards speakers with a moderate Dutch English accent than respondents familiar with Dutch English and the latter assigned a lower affect to RP speakers than the former.


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