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2013-12-10 - Article/Dans un journal avec peer-review - Anglais - 27 page(s)

Moreau Marie-Louise, Thiam Ndiassé, Harmegnies Bernard , Huet Kathy , "Can listeners assess the sociocultural status of speakers who use a language they are unfamiliar with? A case study of Senegalese and European students listening to Wolof speakers" in Language in Society, 43(3)

  • Edition : Cambridge University Press
  • Codes CREF : Sociologie du langage (DI4149)
  • Unités de recherche UMONS : Métrologie et Sciences du langage (P362)
  • Instituts UMONS : Institut de recherche en sciences et technologies du langage (Langage)
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Abstract(s) :

(Anglais) In this study, two groups of students were asked to listen to recordings made of Senegalese Wolof speakers and make deductions about their social and caste status. The responses of the first group, made up of Senegalese students, did not go beyond the threshold of chance with regard to caste status, but were 65.7 % correct regarding the speakers’ social status. The second group, who were European students with no prior knowledge of the Wolof language, achieved percentages of correct answers similar to those of the Senegalese listeners with regard to social status. The “imposed norm hypothesis”, which predicts that sociolinguistic features cannot be gauged by those who have had no previous contact with the community, should thus be reconsidered and enlarge its scope to include a more general, and therefore nuanced, view of language.


Mots-clés :
  • (Anglais) inherent value hypothesis
  • (Anglais) castes
  • (Anglais) Imposed norm hypothesis
  • (Anglais) Wolof
  • (Anglais) social stratification of language
  • (Anglais) Senegal
  • (Anglais) social identification