English Rock and Pop Performances

A sociolinguistic investigation of British and American language perceptions and attitudes

| University of Münster
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ISBN 9789027210944 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
 
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This book addresses the phenomenon of non-American rock and pop singers emulating an Americanized singing style for performance purposes. By taking a novel approach to this pop cultural trend and drawing attention to the audience, British and American students’ perceptions of English rock and pop performances were elicited. Interviews guided by various music clips were conducted and analyzed through a detailed qualitative content analysis. The interviewees' responses provide important insights into social meanings attached to Americanized voices and local British accents in the respective genres and show how British and American attitudes toward these performance accents differ. These perceptions and attitudes are illustrated by developing associative fields which offer a fresh view on the notion of indexicalities.

An engaging folk linguistic investigation of a relatable everyday pop culture phenomenon, this book makes complex sociolinguistic phenomena easily approachable and qualitative research accessible. It is suitable for intermediate students onward and inspires further research projects in the field of language performances.
[IMPACT: Studies in Language, Culture and Society, 51]  Expected May 2022.  ix, 188 pp. + index
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents
This is a provisional table of contents, and subject to changes.
List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Language performances as an object of sociolinguistic investigation
Singing as language performance
Qualitative data and analysis
Results I: Perception of stimuli
Results II: The discussion phase
Discussion
Concluding remarks
References
Auditory stimuli
Appendices
Appendix I. Orthographic and phonetic transcriptions of the stimuli
Appendix II. Codebook
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009050 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
ONIX Metadata
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ONIX 3.0