The study of language attitudes is concerned with the social meanings people assign to language and its users. With roots in social psychology nearly a century ago, language attitudes research spans several academic disciplines and draws on diverse methodological approaches. In an attempt to integrate this work and traverse disciplinary boundaries and methodological proclivities, we propose that language attitudes—as a unified field—can be organized into five distinct—yet interdependent and complementary—lines of research: documentation, explanation, development, consequences, and change. After highlighting some of the key findings that have emerged from each area, we discuss several opportunities and challenges for future research.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Journal of Language and Social Psychology|
|State||Published - Jan 2021|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We would like to thank the editors—Howie Giles and Karolina Hansen—and our two reviewers—Stephanie Lindemann and Janin Roessel—for their insightful feedback on an earlier version of this paper. The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.
© The Author(s) 2020.
- language attitudes
- language variety
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology
- Language and Linguistics
- Sociology and Political Science
- Linguistics and Language