Title

Cultural and Linguistic Variation on Campus: Developing a Survey on Linguistic Perceptions

Presenter Information

Taylor McNamee

Department

English and Technical Communication

Major

English Education

Research Advisor

Hercula, Sarah E.

Advisor's Department

English and Technical Communication

Abstract

As a result of the national and global reputation of Missouri S&T, a large number of students with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds have been attracted to the university. The purpose of this research project is to study perceptions of this diversity through the lens of the English language.

To determine such perceptions, a survey is being developed for dissemination among faculty, staff, and students on campus. In addition to providing basic demographics and background information, survey participants will listen to audio samples of various English speakers and answer questions regarding their perceptions of the speakers.

Through analysis of respondent data, the researchers hope to gain insights not only on perceptions of linguistic diversity but also on factors among respondents that correspond to specific kinds of perceptions. Subsequently, data will be utilized to make recommendations regarding how to foster positive experiences among culturally and linguistically diverse groups on campus.

Biography

Taylor McNamee is a first-year student at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. She is a member of the Teacher Education Program on campus and is working to pursue her goal of teaching at the secondary level. Her current research interests include a diverse range of topics relating to the fields of linguistics, foreign language study, and language learning, including sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, teaching methods involving standard English and dialects, and indigenous language use and preservation in the United States and worldwide.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hall

Start Date

4-11-2017 1:00 PM

End Date

4-11-2017 3:00 PM

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Cultural and Linguistic Variation on Campus: Developing a Survey on Linguistic Perceptions

Upper Atrium/Hall

As a result of the national and global reputation of Missouri S&T, a large number of students with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds have been attracted to the university. The purpose of this research project is to study perceptions of this diversity through the lens of the English language.

To determine such perceptions, a survey is being developed for dissemination among faculty, staff, and students on campus. In addition to providing basic demographics and background information, survey participants will listen to audio samples of various English speakers and answer questions regarding their perceptions of the speakers.

Through analysis of respondent data, the researchers hope to gain insights not only on perceptions of linguistic diversity but also on factors among respondents that correspond to specific kinds of perceptions. Subsequently, data will be utilized to make recommendations regarding how to foster positive experiences among culturally and linguistically diverse groups on campus.