Attitudes of Slovene L2 Speakers of English to Six Native Varieties of English


  • Smiljana Komar University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Slovenia



varieties of English, language attitudes, verbal guise test, IDEA (International Dialects of English Archive)


The paper presents the results of an experiment whose purpose was to study the attitudes towards six L1 varieties of English by Slovene students of English. Using the verbal guise test, the participants were exposed to audio clips of Received Pronunciation (RP), General American (GA), Scottish English (ScE), Irish English (IrE), Australian English (AusE) and New Zealand English (NZE). They were required to complete a two-part questionnaire. In part one, they were asked to rate, on four-point Likert scale, statements about the cognitive, affective and aesthetic traits of the speakers, as well as the linguistic traits which they believed contributed most to their attitudes to a particular variety. In part two, they had to rank the six tested varieties indicating their general order of preference, their relative familiarity with the varieties and the appropriateness of the varieties for teaching to Slovene learners of English.

The results of the study confirm the findings of numerous other similar studies in giving preference to the two best-known global standard varieties (RP and GA) over the other varieties.


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IDEA (International Dialects of English Archive)

IDEA (international Dialects of English Archive), Australia

IDEA (International Dialects of English Archive), General American

IDEA (International Dialects of English Archive), Ireland

IDEA (International Dialects of English Archive), New Zealand

IDEA (International Dialects of English Archive), Received Pronunciation

IDEA (International Dialects of English Archive), Scotland



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23. 12. 2022

How to Cite

Komar, S. (2022). Attitudes of Slovene L2 Speakers of English to Six Native Varieties of English. Linguistica, 62(1-2), 365-386.