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Attitudes Towards Languages (AToL) scale : a global instrument

  • Language attitudes may be differentiated into attitudes towards speakers and attitudes towards languages. However, to date, no systematic and differentiated instrument exists that measures attitudes towards language. Accordingly, we developed, validated, and applied the Attitudes Towards Languages (AToL) scale in four studies. In Study 1, we selected 15 items for the AToL scale, which represented the three dimensions of value, sound, and structure. The following studies replicated and validated the three-factor structure and differential mean profiles along the three dimensions for different languages (a) in a more diverse German sample (Study 2), (b) in different countries (Study 3), and (c) when participants based their evaluations on speech samples (Study 4). Moreover, we investigated the relation between the AToL dimensions and stereotypic speaker evaluations. Results confirm the reliability, validity, and generalizability of the AToL scale and its incremental value to mere speaker evaluations.

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Author:Christiane Schoel, Janin Roessel, Jennifer Eck, Jana Janssen, Branislava Petrovic, Astrid RotheORCiDGND, Selma Carolin Rudert, Dagmar Stahlberg
Parent Title (English):Journal of Language and Social Psychology
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2012
Date of Publication (online):2014/04/08
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Englisch; Französisch; Spracheinstellung; Sprachvariante; kontrastive Linguistik
First Page:1
Last Page:23
Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
DDC classes:400 Sprache
Open Access?:ja
BDSL-Classification:Sprache im 20. Jahrhundert. Gegenwartssprache
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt