Title

Prestige Forms: Hypercorrection and self-reported Linguistic Competence in College Students

Date

5-29-2014 9:35 AM

End Time

29-5-2014 9:50 AM

Location

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

Department

English, Writing and Linguistics

Session Chair

Marjory Lange

Session Title

English: Linguistics, Literature, Writing

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Cornelia Paraskevas

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

This study was designed to determine whether or not students in college hypercorrect to a form of writing that is perceived to be more prestigious and to determine whether people who hypercorrect have a tendency to self-report a higher level of linguistic competence. Short surveys were distributed to students in two writing classes and the University’s writing center. The survey had six questions, allowing students to self-report on their linguistic competence and to answer questions about the grammatical correctness of four sentences. We found that the majority of students who were hyper correcting had a lower self-report of linguistic competence.

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May 29th, 9:35 AM May 29th, 9:50 AM

Prestige Forms: Hypercorrection and self-reported Linguistic Competence in College Students

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

This study was designed to determine whether or not students in college hypercorrect to a form of writing that is perceived to be more prestigious and to determine whether people who hypercorrect have a tendency to self-report a higher level of linguistic competence. Short surveys were distributed to students in two writing classes and the University’s writing center. The survey had six questions, allowing students to self-report on their linguistic competence and to answer questions about the grammatical correctness of four sentences. We found that the majority of students who were hyper correcting had a lower self-report of linguistic competence.