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‘To my surprise, I don’t particularly like my own opinions’: Exploring Adaptations of the ‘Open-Guise’ Technique to Raise Sociolinguistic Language Awareness
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Teaching and Learning in the Humanities)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4429-5720
Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6828-3009
2023 (English)In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1502-7694, E-ISSN 1654-6970, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 113-143Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The following study describes a data-driven learning scenario aimed at raising sociolinguistic awareness of matters related to gender, language and stereotyping. The design is inspired by the matched-guise technique (MGT), a quantitative data driven experimental method that has been used extensively to investigate language attitudes. In the scenario, differences in respondents’ response patterns to two gender-manipulated versions (male-female vs. female-male dyads) of the same recorded dialogue were used as a starting point for awareness-raising activities aimed at highlighting how gender stereotypes may affect perceptions of a dialogue. The main focus of the article is a comparison of the learning outcomes of two variants of the setup: a traditional undisclosed MGT-inspired setup, where the design and purpose of the experiment was kept secret until after the response phase, and a so-called open-guise design, where respondents were informed of the design and purpose of the experiment prior to the response phase. Preliminary results suggest that respondents adjust their assessments of a speaker depending on the guise, even when they know it is the same speaker they are listening to. Moreover, the open-guise design seemed to lead to greater pedagogic impact than the scenario based on the undisclosed design. However, further studies are needed to confirm these findings. 

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Unipub forlag, 2023. Vol. 22, no 1, p. 113-143
Keywords [en]
Open-Guise Technique, Matched-Guise Technique (MGT), language attitudes, sociolinguistics, gender
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General Language Studies and Linguistics Didactics
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English; Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-108499DOI: 10.35360/njes.797Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85160632832OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-108499DiVA, id: diva2:1799950
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Raising Awareness through Virtual Experiencing (RAVE)
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Swedish Research Council, 2014-01972Available from: 2023-09-25 Created: 2023-09-25 Last updated: 2023-09-25Bibliographically approved

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