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Article: Gender dissonance in language attitudes: a case of Hong Kong

TitleGender dissonance in language attitudes: a case of Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsGender effect
Affective attitudes
Cognitive attitudes
Factored dimensions
Inherent community language
Issue Date2011
PublisherInternational Journal of Arts & Sciences. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.internationaljournal.org/
Citation
International Journal of Arts & Sciences, 2011, v. 4 n. 18, p. 77-109 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study examines gender effects in attitudes towards the three major languages of English, Cantonese, and Putonghua in the multilingual society of Hong Kong. It focuses on analyzing gender effects in individual components and factored dimensions of language attitudes. 635 secondary students from 17 schools across Hong Kong were randomly selected to participate in the study. They were administered a written questionnaire and a listening Matched-Guise Test. The findings indicate significant gender effects in the attitudes held by the students towards the different languages in different components and dimensions of attitude. The results show that significant and rather complex gender effects exist in attitudes towards the language varieties used in the multilingual society of Hong Kong, and points to many possible implications and interpretations. For example, it was found that students of both genders affectively preferred male speakers in Cantonese and female speakers in English and Putonghua. In addition, it was found that cognitively, female students were overall more favourable to the foreign languages of English and Putonghua as compared to male students, but these differences in gender preferences did not show up affectively.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/160005
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dc.contributor.authorZhang, Ben_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-16T06:00:20Z-
dc.date.available2012-08-16T06:00:20Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Arts & Sciences, 2011, v. 4 n. 18, p. 77-109en_US
dc.identifier.issn1557-718X-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/160005-
dc.description.abstractThis study examines gender effects in attitudes towards the three major languages of English, Cantonese, and Putonghua in the multilingual society of Hong Kong. It focuses on analyzing gender effects in individual components and factored dimensions of language attitudes. 635 secondary students from 17 schools across Hong Kong were randomly selected to participate in the study. They were administered a written questionnaire and a listening Matched-Guise Test. The findings indicate significant gender effects in the attitudes held by the students towards the different languages in different components and dimensions of attitude. The results show that significant and rather complex gender effects exist in attitudes towards the language varieties used in the multilingual society of Hong Kong, and points to many possible implications and interpretations. For example, it was found that students of both genders affectively preferred male speakers in Cantonese and female speakers in English and Putonghua. In addition, it was found that cognitively, female students were overall more favourable to the foreign languages of English and Putonghua as compared to male students, but these differences in gender preferences did not show up affectively.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherInternational Journal of Arts & Sciences. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.internationaljournal.org/-
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Arts & Sciencesen_US
dc.subjectGender effect-
dc.subjectAffective attitudes-
dc.subjectCognitive attitudes-
dc.subjectFactored dimensions-
dc.subjectInherent community language-
dc.titleGender dissonance in language attitudes: a case of Hong Kongen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailZhang, B: bennan@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityZhang, B=rp00987en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros204451en_US
dc.identifier.volume4en_US
dc.identifier.issue18en_US
dc.identifier.spage77en_US
dc.identifier.epage109en_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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