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Language Attitudes and Speaker Impressions — Survey (please share!)

Hello everyone,

I am working on a class project for a class I am taking at North Carolina State University with Walt Wolfram and I could use your help. I am collecting data via an online survey of language attitudes and speaker impressions. The survey consists of four parts: (1) a short questionnaire designed to assess language attitudes, (2) some demographic questions for statistical purposes, (3) a couple of recordings of individuals telling familiar children’s fairy tales along with questions about your opinions of the speakers and their speech, and (4) a very brief personality questionnaire. I believe it’s a fun, thought-provoking survey and I hope you find it to be so, too.

It would be so very helpful if you would take the time to complete the survey! Anyone over 18 can participate — linguists and non-linguists alike. Note, though, that participation does require you to do some listening. It takes about 15 minutes to finish. If you have any questions about your participation, the survey, or the study’s results, you can email me at mlrisdal (at) ncsu (dot) edu.

Go to survey: http://ncsu.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_1KNrCTXcTqk62Lb

Thank you so much for your willingness to participate! Please do share this with anyone who may be interested. For the purposes of the study, it is necessary that I receive responses from a broad sample of people, especially geographically and ethnically.

Megan L. Risdal

P.S. I am aware that the audio does not work for some devices or browsers. I apologize if you encounter this issue! To my knowledge, it has worked consistently on PCs and Macs using Chrome.

P.P.S Comments will be removed from this post and saved in my personal documents, so if you wish to give me any messages about the survey, please do so via anonymous comment which you can do at the end of the survey, or via email.



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So about that blog of mine

I have not even thought about blogging for quite a while now, but I’m considering starting up again once I go back to school. I don’t really want to write about my current research project, so I’ll wait for classes & classmates to inspire some different ideas in me.

Speaking of school, I don’t think I’ve formally announced on my blog: I will be attending North Carolina State University starting in August for my Master’s in Sociolinguistics! I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to work with & learn from the best for two years. I had the chance to visit last March & I know it’s going to be a great experience.

This summer I have been working with my collaborator on preparing a manuscript (two actually) for publication. If you remember the survey I posted several months ago, we’re working on getting our results out! My collaborator will be going to the Sociolinguistics Symposium in Germany at the end of August to report some of our findings. Unfortunately (not really), I’ll be starting classes, so I won’t be tagging along.

I’m also getting ahead of myself by putting together a research proposal for a potential thesis project!

Anyway, that’s all I had to say.

Megan L. Risdal

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Official Business: Language Attitudes Survey

Dear friends,

Thank you to those who participated in our survey! We got a great response. Thanks for everyone’s comments; I am removing them and saving them for my own records. It’s not an act of censorship — it’s simply not appropriate from a researcher’s perspective to make commentary about a survey that is still active publicly available. Please email me with any questions. Your feedback is valuable and is carefully considered.

Megan L. Risdal

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