Children's attitudes toward languages and perceptions of performers' social status in the context of songs

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of 5thgrade Spanish-English bilingual children toward songs performed in Spanish and English. After listening to each song, children answered a series of questions measuring their attitude towards the language, familiarity with the language, and judgment of the performer's social status. Children were found to have a significantly more favorable attitude toward English than Spanish in the context of song. They also rated English-singing performers to be of a higher social status. Furthermore, there was a significant positive correlation between their attitude towards the Spanish language and the social status rating.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-74
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Music Education
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

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social status
language
Spanish language
singing
rating
Social Status
Performer
Language
Song
English-Spanish
Spanish Language
Bilingual children
Rating
Familiarity

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  • Music
  • Education

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