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Chinese Listeners’ Attitudes Towards Shanghai-accented Standard Chinese Across Five Regions

From the book Cognitive Sociolinguistics Revisited

  • Liqin Xiong and Gitte Kristiansen


In this chapter we describe the first large-scale verbal guise experiment to explore Chinese listeners’ attitudes towards Standard Chinese accents in mainland China. 1000 listeners across five regions (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Liaoning and Sichuan) took part in this experiment, in which they were asked to listen to short audio-recordings and rate the speakers on the seven traits of a fivepoint semantic differential scale. The present study reports findings on evaluations of Shanghai-accented Standard Chinese. It is found that Guangdong listeners diverge from those from Mandarin speaking regions (excluding Beijing) while Shanghai listeners converge with those from Mandarin speaking regions (excluding Liaoning). There were certain disagreements among listeners from Northern Mandarin speaking regions.

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