Chapter 11Real perception or perceptive accommodation?
The Dominirican ethnic-dialect continuum and sociolinguistic
Dominicans in Puerto Rico have opted for closed
spaces due to their social marginalization. Nonetheless, their
interactions with Puerto Ricans has facilitated a Domini-Rican
continuum. This research examines speech data, to compare dialect
recognition and linguistic perceptions of Puerto Ricans toward the
varieties in this continuum. During a verbal-guise task, 24 Puerto
Ricans listened to five stimuli of the Domini-Rican continuum and
answered items about extralinguistic variables: nationality, social
class, educational level, intelligence and speech affability.
Results support that linguistic production (i) allows individuals to
distinguish dialects and (ii) facilitates the acceptance criteria of
immigrants and their descendants. The data suggests that perceptions
and attitudes are correlated with the characteristics of both
stimuli and participants, mainly the perception of nationality.
- 2.Migratory context: Dominicans in Puerto Rico
- 3.Linguistic attitudes, perceptions and stereotypes
- 4.The study
- 4.2Participants of the stimulus: Verbal guise
- 4.3Instruments and type of analysis
- 5.Results and analysis
- 6.Discussion and conclusions